With only a few hours to live, what would you do to get a few hours more? Justin McConnell’s Lifechanger is an existentialist body-horror whose central character ‘takes’ lives as a way to prolong his own. Some might call him a shapeshifter, but the truth is far more complex. As he ages, his symptoms of decay and imminent death come faster and faster. Luckily, he has discovered that drugs (both recreational and over the counter) help him keep or discard a body better than letting nature take its course.
Most of the females our anti-hero ‘takes’, adopt a stiffer, more masculine gait, and exhibit strength one might not expect from a small-framed female. This added attention to detail makes the succession of personas much more believable, as they are all inhabited by a male. Someone who over decades of survival, has learned to fit in as a cop, a secretary, a man, a woman, has enough background information to act the part. However, it goes to show, you can never completely mask what you are inside.
These shenanigans called ‘life’ (and death) take the viewer through multiple characters’ lives; their hardships, their anxieties. It shows how real people suffer real dramas in their daily existence. All ordinary, all flawed, and all trying to just get through the day. There is no clear good or bad, here. The struggle will continue, and that is not just for our protagonist. Life itself is the struggle, and so many questions remain unanswered. As they say, c’est la vie!
Fantasia Screening – Friday, July 20th 7:45 PM – J.A. De Seve
Hosted by director Justin McConnell (and friends)