Tom, a man irritated with the state of his unusual relationship, tells a therapist of his problems.
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Producer/s : Bindni Karia,
Director/s : Bindni Karia,
Writer/s : Lakhveer Azad,
Actor/s : Lakhveer Azad,
In a pickle
Cardboard was made pre-lockdown, but still fits the genre. One character, “Tom Pickle”, in two places: a therapist’s consulting room, and doing his one-man stand-up show. He talks, and sometimes shouts, to his therapist about his fears of his girlfriend, Linda, going off with someone else. I say talks, but he also shouts and insults him. I say girlfriend, but he may be imagining Linda, or their relationship. He may even be imagining the therapist.
And I say “doing” his stand-up show. He might be rehearsing it, or re-staging it in his bedroom, imagining it, or something else. He’s obviously a desperate, erratic, angry, shouty and probably deeply delusional man, this Tom. If we were in any doubt, the twist at the end (which explains the title) makes it very clear.
Lakhveer Azad, who also wrote this, plays Tom. Bindni Karia directs this tragi-comedy of desperation tightly. It shows that psychological depth, mystery, pain and conflict don’t need big spaces, budgets and length to have impact.
Having said that, I’d love to see a longer piece about Tom Pickle. Yes, always leave ’em wanting more!
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