On Halloween night, a young woman in a bright green skeleton hoodie, Claire, blasts music to tune out the world around her as she carves a yellow squash into a substitute jack-‘o’-lantern. She’s interrupted by an unexpected guest at the side door of her house. It’s Trina, a close, longtime, childhood friend of both Claire and her recently deceased brother Mark.
Trina is visibly furious. She insists that Claire tell her what was said the night before when the two were out drinking with Trina’s girlfriend Jess. We quickly learn that, in Claire’s drunken haze, she not only confessed long-suppressed and deep romantic feelings for Trina, but chose Trina’s live-in girlfriend Jess as her confidant–a choice that did not go well. In a confused and conflicted state, Trina demands answers. And despite the Halloween related interruptions giving brief reprieves, Claire ultimately confesses.
Everything is out. Nothing can be taken back. And now, because of the way things came out, there’s a good chance that Trina and Claire will both face yet another big loss in their lives. The film closes on Claire and Trina separately coping with the prospect of losing their friendship. Trina watches a discouraged group of Trick-or-treating kids leave Claire’s front door, kicking an empty candy bucket and unintentionally abandoning a single Halloween mask. Claire sits on the floor of her kitchen crying at the mess she’s made, both in the situation and literally surrounding her.
As it fades to black, we hear a final ambiguous knock at the front door, leaving the audience with the same uncertainty of outcome, and subtle painful hope and doubt, that we all have when sharing feelings we’d rather keep hidden, as well as the reality that no matter how things turn out, life is better, warmer, and more colorful without masks.
Directed by Lisa Singletary (USA)