Flu Image


By Alan Ng | March 29, 2022

Life would be so much easier if our vices and addictions could be turned on and off like a light switch. In Nikhail Asnani’s short film, Flu, a young woman needs a friend to help get her back on track.

Casey (Krystal Torres) is a young tattoo artist struggling to stay sober. In her solace, she feeds birds as a way to keep her mind off of her sickness. Today, Casey’s ex-AA sponsor, Ava (Cake Moss), wants her to ink a tattoo on her back as a bond of friendship. However, Ava’s presence coupled with the fact that Casey has returned to drinking make the job impossible. When the pair returns to Casey’s apartment, they find a dead bird by the bird feeder. Apparently, the birds are attacking each other to death.

“…a young woman needs a friend to help get her back on track.”

Flu is a contemplative story about addiction and recovery. Casey finds herself hiding her return to alcohol, under the delusion she can keep it a secret from Ava. Writer/director Asnani has our main character coughing up black phlegm to represent addiction as a sickness. As Casey is having difficulty coping with life, Ava comes to the rescue. Can anyone really be called an ex-sponsor?

In Flu, Nikhail Asnani uses the medium of cinema almost as a journal entry in the diary of alcoholism. Through Casey, we experience the struggle, and through Ava comes support and dedication to never give up on a friend.

Flu can be screened on Revry.TV.

Flu (2020)

Directed and Written: Nikhail Asnani

Starring: Cake Moss, Krystal Torres, Kendall Slocum, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

Flu Image

"…a contemplative story..."

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