Barnabus Walsh's short film 'Low-Stress Day' is a refreshing comedy that injects a dose of humour into the chaotic world of a junior doctor desperately needing a break. The film takes audiences on a wild getaway with Madi, played brilliantly by the charming lead actress, Fern Taylor.
The film's strength lies in its well-crafted characters and the chemistry between the cast members. Fern Taylor shines as Madi, effortlessly portraying the stress and exhaustion of a doctor while injecting moments of genuine humour. Sarah Lynn Robinson brings a delightful energy to the screen, balancing Dana's caring nature with a playful sense of mischief. As the group embarks on their adventure, the film turns unexpectedly, keeping the audience engaged and entertained. The supporting cast and Dana's friends bring a unique flavour. We don't know if it was on purpose or not, but the title of the film reminded us of that one Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, having the same abbreviation – LSD.
'Low Stress Day' is not just about laughter; it cleverly weaves moments of introspection and self-discovery for Madi and others. The character development is subtle but effective, allowing the audience to empathize with Madi's journey and root for her much-needed break. The screenplay, penned by Barnabus Walsh, is witty and sharp, filled with punchy one-liners and situational humour. The pacing keeps the film brisk and engaging, never letting it lag.
While the plot may not be groundbreaking, 'Low Stress Day' delivers what it promises – a lighthearted, feel-good comedy with heart. Even the director presents it as his "unbiased opinion that Low Stress Day is the greatest short film ever made". So how can we compete with such an exhaustive description without saying that 'Low Stress Day' is a prescription for laughter that leaves the audience satisfied, proving that even amid the chaos, there's always room for a smile.
Written by Vlad A. G