Stefania is working a job she has hated for years. Her husband, Dan, hasn’t worked in years. They have just landed at Los Angeles airport, returning from Europe, and having one of the worst days of their lives. Stefania is approached by a vagabond – Ditlev, who asks her for a ride to one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with the wanderer, but her husband Dan, decides to take him home with them. How will this affect the couple? The director invites you on a 3 day journey, seen through Stefania’s eyes, to view and discover that desired change doesn’t always come in the package that we want or expect.
Critique de Whispertone
Director Elena Beuca and writer Dave Rogers have created a quietly uplifting character arc that evolves from the struggle of a disintegrating marriage. The tension between the wife and husband, Stefania (Elena Beuca) and Dan (Dave Rogers) is immediately evident as they return from a romantic getaway that was meant to bring them closer together again. As Stefania and Dan arrive and wait for their shuttle to take them away a traveller D-Love (Ditlev Dharmakaya) asks Stefania if she is headed East and if he may essentially tag along for the ride. She denies him and their paths become interconnected.
Initially Stefania’s judgement of D-Love is solely based on his outward appearance. He’s a drifter, a vagabond and likely, a thief who will steal her most valued possession. She eventually has a heart to heart and reveals to D-Love the tragedies of her and Dan’s life. Stefania is hurt by the past and she clearly drags it with her everywhere she goes. The inability to heal yourself from old wounds resonates genuinely and Elena Beuca does it in the most absolutely superb fashion. There is an invisible weight that keeps her marriage burdened, that keeps her locked down detesting her job and worst of all, that keeps her heart buried.
Dan has been grieving with his own personal loss as well but his swift admiring and desire to help D-Love ends up reinvigorating him fully. Dan starts off as an out of work and out of fortune's favor man whose wife is slowly but surely slipping away.
D-Love is a simple traveler trying to make it to his destination but once he encounters Stefania he knowingly understands that his personal fate for the time being is being redirected to the side of her and Dan. His varied view of day to day to living is vastly different than Stefania’s and Dan’s, or anyone else for that matter. His boyish joy for life is infectious for Dan who becomes forever altered by D-Love’s influence and presence.
Elena Beuca represents the skeptic, ever fearful of the idealist (D-Love). Stefania cannot let go of her stagnating occupation as most may relate to. But the suffering she exudes from her family loss fills her with an all consuming sadness that unfortunately some will understand. In one particular scene near the end of the film the possession she covets over everything else is taken from her and the entire world comes crashing to the ground for Stefania.
Without a doubt and with no hesitation, this film is beautifully heartbreaking. Stefania’s transformation throughout the few days shared with Dan and D-Love are truthful to life and are not to be overlooked. Dave Rogers has crafted a masterful script with sincere dialogues and brutally honest characters. Ditlev Dharmakaya brings a fresh perspective and a charming performance not seen on the big screen often enough. And lastly, Elena Beuca gives an extraordinary performance of the highest caliber that is a gift to watch unfold. Her acting and portrayal of Stenfania is equally as impressive as her directorial expertise. This first feature length film from Elena Beuca establishes her as a unique force to be reckoned with and watched closer. After experiencing the film “D-Love” audiences will eagerly and impatiently be awaiting Elena Beuca’s next project.
- Note de Whispertone: 5