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tion . Inez didn ’ t leave a note — only a pile of old photos strewn about her bed , which leaves Kira and Doug with many questions . Doug , who befriended Inez from Alcoholics Anonymous meetings , embarks on a self-destructive quest to decipher the significance of the photographs and understand what pushed Inez to slit her wrists . Driven by a series of flashbacks and increasingly haunting dreams , Doug ’ s investigation grows more obsessive ; while his relationship with Kira begins to unravel , as does his sanity , until he finds himself face to face with his own demons . New Jersey Stage reached out to Julia Kots to learn more .
One of the things I noticed most about the film was how you got inside the characters so well that viewers will hope the characters don ’ t fall off the wagon . How important was character development to you and the film ? Well the character development is everything as is evidenced by the title of the film . It was originally a working title , I know there are other movies with titles like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice , but I never liked them so I did a little contest with the cast and crew involved with the film . I said if you could come up with a better title , I ’ ll buy you a drink . We just couldn ’ t get a better title . I realized it ’ s because the film is just about these three people and the triangular relationship they have . It ’ s so codependent - if you take out one person , the other two collapse . So , it is a small psychological drama where it is dependent on these characters and how they gradually reveal themselves to each other , to themselves , and to the audience .

tion . Inez didn ’ t leave a note — only a pile of old photos strewn about her bed , which leaves Kira and Doug with many questions . Doug , who befriended Inez from Alcoholics Anonymous meetings , embarks on a self-destructive quest to decipher the significance of the photographs and understand what pushed Inez to slit her wrists . Driven by a series of flashbacks and increasingly haunting dreams , Doug ’ s investigation grows more obsessive ; while his relationship with Kira begins to unravel , as does his sanity , until he finds himself face to face with his own demons . New Jersey Stage reached out to Julia Kots to learn more .

One of the things I noticed most about the film was how you got inside the characters so well that viewers will hope the characters don ’ t fall off the wagon . How important was character development to you and the film ? Well the character development is everything as is evidenced by the title of the film . It was originally a working title , I know there are other movies with titles like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice , but I never liked them so I did a little contest with the cast and crew involved with the film . I said if you could come up with a better title , I ’ ll buy you a drink . We just couldn ’ t get a better title . I realized it ’ s because the film is just about these three people and the triangular relationship they have . It ’ s so codependent - if you take out one person , the other two collapse . So , it is a small psychological drama where it is dependent on these characters and how they gradually reveal themselves to each other , to themselves , and to the audience .

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