Enjoy @ Tribeca

One of the positives that the pandemic has brought forth is the acknowledgement of the importance of mental health. Being forced to slow down and be alone with ourselves has brought forth much contemplation. All this has led to discussion about mental health and how in today’s world there are probably more suffering from mental health issues than ever before.

This subject is eloquently examined in director Saul Abraham’s short film, Enjoy. The 18 minute film looks at the mental health and stigma attached to it for men. Even today, as far as we THINK we have advanced, there are still plenty of stereotypes which both of the genders have to battle against. There are still ideals about masculinity and femininity. What it means or takes to be considered either by society at large. Still clinging to the antiquated binary and qualities which make up both.

Michael (Himesh Patel – Tenet, The Aeronauts) is a struggling musician. Or a spoken word artist. To make some money he also works as a tutor. His present client is a young boy named Archie (Tom Sweet – The Childhood of a Leader, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), who is difficult, to say the least. He is rude and stubborn, so Michael struggles over how to get across to him.

With all this going on Michael is having to deal with depression and a girlfriend (Maddy Hill – from television’s EastEnders) who is less than understanding. Michael is on the verge of cracking when a lifeline comes from somewhere he never would have expected.

Men are supposed to be strong. No matter what age. Here we look at how damaging that kind of thinking is to males of all ages. Despite its short run time you still feel like things are not rushed here. We get a feel for both Michael and Archie and what they are going through. You get into their minds. Even though each of the characters is not exactly the most likeable you still end up feeling for them because there is an understanding.

There is a delicate touch throughout Enjoy. Whether it be in regards to the characters and their mental issues or the way it looks. At first glance visually everything seems foggy or grey, but then it sinks in that it is replicating the mind or overall demeanour of someone going through depression. Even the colours which the characters wear seem to reflect their head space at the time.

Even though it is a film about two people struggling there is a lightness there. A sense of hope.

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