He's (Daniel Martin Berkey) retired at a good pension, has a loving
wife (Natasa Babic), a daughter (Kelley Heyer) in college, a nice home ...
and he has fallen in love with Natalie (Gina Holden), a girl very
literally the age of his daughter. But it soon becomes clear that it's not
really her that he loves but the lifestyle that comes with youth, endless
partying, too much alcohol, LSD, and maybe even the occasional threeway.
And the further he goes down this rabbithole the less he cares what
anybody, even his wife, thinks about this, figuring he who has the money
can make the rules, to a point where Natalie more or less moves in with
him before his wife's very eyes. Seemingly, he doesn't see how his
behaviour hurts others - but even less, he sees how it hurts himself ...
pretty powerful character piece that doesn't just go the usual way to
hammer home a message about (post-)midlife crisis, but forces the
perspective of its flawed protagonist upon us, that way makes his point of
view tangible as something more than an old sleazebag who ought to know
better. And a subtle direction in conjunction with a strong ensemble make
this a quite compelling short.