Review: ‘Tomorrow Ever After’ Reflects on Human Behavior and Hope
By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 21, 2017
Independent filmmaker Ela Thier defies the traditional sci-fi genre movie elements with her most recent feature Tomorrow Ever After. No spaceships, special effects or glossy action sequences in this movie. And, we are here for Thier’s refreshing perspective. Set in modern-day New York (2015), protagonist Shaina (played by filmmaker Thier) is a historian accidentally transported to Manhattan from 2592, after visiting a team of physicists known to experiment with time travel. She meets a group of people who are initially put-off by her unconventional mannerisms and demeanor.
Shaina, her contemporaries, and their history books refer to 2015 as the era of “The Great Despair.” Hard to fathom at first, as a viewer, believing we live in a modern day world with significant advances in science, technology, and global population — yet in this evolution of a more sophisticated world, we’ve inevitably become detached from one another. The whole situation is evidenced when Shaina narrates a scene with a common midtown landscape showing a row of people eating lunch side-by-side, but with no one ever interacting. Contrary to our present day, Shaina’s futuristic world is filled with community, empathy, and is free of greed. Shaina, a serial hugger, is taken aback when New Yorkers don’t reciprocate her friendly gestures. Throughout the film, she’s disturbed by the fact that there are many ways in which people tell her to leave: “Take a hike” and “Get lost” are some of the most common phrases shouted at her.
Shaina is intrigued by people’s behavior in the new world she’s inhabiting, but as the urgency to go back home takes precedence, she encounters many roadblocks along the way, as she genuinely believes “these new friends” share the same compassion and generosity she’s only ever known other humans to possess. One of the first characters she befriends, Milton, (Nabil Viñas) is desperate for money and is willing to risk anything for it, he takes advantage of Shaina’s naiveté, feels some remorse, and offers to find her shelter with his girlfriend and other friends. Milton’s friends protest and are angered that they have to accommodate Shaina. But, ultimately striking turn-of-events, show commonalities in the human existence.
This is a film that is heavy with raw emotions and natural dialogue. It doesn’t rely on gimmicky jokes and clichéd characters to propel the narrative. Thier, an Israeli-American filmmaker, chose a multi-national ensemble cast from The Independent Film School she founded in 2006. These well-trained actors are magnificent to watch. Multi-indie film festival winner, Tomorrow Ever After offers introspection on our current human behavior and the possibility of a brighter future for the human race.
Tomorrow Ever After is available on Amazon and iTunes beginning December 22nd. For more information and for download options click here.
Written and directed by: Ela Thier; Starring Ela Thier, Nabil Viñas, Ebbe Bassey, Memo, Matthew Murumba, Daphna Thier; Produced by: Ela Thier, Nabil Viñas, Inna Braude, Nikolai Metin.
Cover: Ela Thier (as Shaina); photography: Milton Kam / Courtesy of Thier Productions Inc.