BLACK CONFLUX tells the dual stores of two disillusioned people set in 1980’s Newfoundland. The film could very well be set in the present in Toronto close to where director Dorsey earned her film degree and lives.
The seemingly separate lives of an anxious, disillusioned teen girl and a troubled, alienated man converge fatefully in this haunting exploration of womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity. Fifteen-year-old Jackie (Ella Ballentine) is navigating from vulnerable adolescence to impending adulthood. Dennis (Ryan McDonald) is a socially inept loner with a volatile dark streak and delusional fantasies of adoring women at his beck and call. Director Dorsey loves to play with symbols.
There are two scenes involving bugs, the significance only realized after a bit of deep thought at the end of the film. Dennis’ story is more interesting as his character as an ambiguous creepy characters that could explode at any instant is more intriguing. he film has a solid ending when the two stories eventually converge and the two meet making. A very assured debut feature from Dorsey again enforcing the power of women.