Ignite | BC Spotlight
Local filmmaker Alex Lasheras arrives on the scene with this debut feature, a unique psychological thriller dealing with notions of self-identity and reality. When the eponymous heroine begins to experience hallucinations during what is supposed to be a romantic getaway with her pop-star boyfriend, fear and confusion test her ability to distinguish the visions from reality.
Cadence’s fragmented psyche is chronicled in a double narrative which navigates between the real and the imaginary, truth and fiction. When the plot changes course, viewers are presented with questions about the nature of identity. Is it nothing more than a collection of experiences? What happens to it if one’s memory is damaged? Crowdfunded and shot on location in Langley, this is a thoroughly entertaining and remarkably tense rumination on memory, trauma, and the psyche’s efforts to protect itself.
“Cadence is an innovative narrative exploring the effects of memory on shaping an individual’s identity; how traumatic events can affect our memories and the outcomes of future thought and action… [Do] we guide our narratives or are we simply victims of circumstance?”—Alex Lasheras