Unbearing is a thrilling short film Produced by Jennifer Trudrung of Night Frizz Productions and directed by Aiden Weaver. The short film stars Jennifer Trudrung and Reginal Heinish as the cautious parents, Mary Katherine O’Donnell as the babysitter, and Jenna Goforth as the friend on FaceTime.
I was not shocked at all to learn that the film won the Audience Choice Award at the Women in Horror Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award at Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival. The acting was surprisingly genuine, honest and heartfelt — add to that a good dollop of suspense, a creepy, monotonous sound, and (almost) perfect editing and you have yourself a winner.
Talking about the plot would simply be doing you a disservice, so suffice it to say that it's the familiar babysitter trope executed in such a way that it really felt unique. If you've ever been a first-time mom (or have been married to one), then you know and understand those powerful, almost uncontrollable parental instincts that make moms the most patient of caregivers as well as the scariest of protectors. Jennifer Trudrung absolutely embodies that persona, and we feel her powerful parental instincts — so much so that it becomes almost uncomfortable. O'Donnell more than matches Trudung's performance as the inquisitive and innocent babysitter, giving us a character we come to care for in a matter of minutes; a feat that deserves applause when the runtime is less than ten.
Unbearing captures your attention from the get-go and holds it all the way through to the end. My singular gripe would be some poorly angled shots during the film's climax. That being said, I'm very happy to completely overlook that as the overall experience was fantastic. Unbearing is an intelligent film and a great thriller. If you have a chance to see this one, take it.
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