DRESS Synopsis [Spoilers]

A SHORT FILM BY HENRY IAN CUSICK

WRITTEN BY Susan Stanton

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Ben’s Hawaiian wife Maile dies.  Ben is from the UK living in a culture that he hasn’t yet fully embraced. In grasping for ways to cope with the grief of his two Hawaiian sons, Ben finds himself going to extraordinary lengths to comfort his 4 year old, Jonas, which creates an even wider emotional gap between Ben and his teenage son Koa

Synopsis

Ben’s Hawaiian wife Maile has just died and he is struggling to cope with his own grief let alone that of his two sons.

Amid a refuge of alcohol and pills, Ben finds comfort in wearing Maile’s dress. Jonas, his 4-year-old son is delighted with his new “Mommy” around the house and joins in with Ben’s antics, which with the arrival of a wig at the home are getting out of control.  Frowned upon by their Hawaiian “Auntie” and the cause of huge embarrassment for his teenage son Koa, Bens extreme behavior creates more problems when Koa believes the woman in the dress to be his Dad’s new girlfriend.

The family discord escalates until the father and son relationship reaches a climax. Attempting a fresh start, they decide to donate Maile’s dresses to a second hand shop. This is extremely hard for Ben and the very next morning he returns to the shop to get that one special dress back. The boys accept this with a lighter heart and they embrace their dads grieving process. The “Dress” becomes a part of family life in remembering Mom.