Chris Esper Deals with Anxiety
Anxiety can and does strike anybody and everybody at some time. Every time I sit down to write a review, I feel a bit anxious realizing that I am writing my opinion about something that someone sweated and cried over and I want to make sure that I do their work justice. While I do not feel that I am threatened, I know that what I say will affect someone, especially the creator of what I am writing about . Reviewers have tremendous powers and they are listened to even by those who do not read reviews because there are enough people who do. In “Imposter”, we see a man at work and sense that he is having a difficult time communicating with his boss and is struggling to write and to speak up and answer his him but he is beset by anxiety.On his way home from work, the man gets on a bus, where he finds many characters who also suffer from the same disorder.
The Imposter Syndrome is a psychological pattern that makes people believe that they are fakes and “forces them to doubt their achievements and accomplishments.” Then there is the fear of being exposed as a con or a fake. In a short nine-minutes without dialogue, director Chris Esper shows us what it is. It is a visual representation of anxiety and from what I understand, a very personal film yet one that has something to say to everyone.
Esper “wowed” me with this film for several reasons but first and foremost is that he was able to do what he set out to do in less than ten minutes and with no dialogue. Three interconnected vignettes look at anxiety and the idea of the Imposter Syndrome. This theme is expounded upon early on in the form of an overworked man, Mike (Tom Mariano) is overworked and he is bothered by visions of a young boy (Brendan Meehan in a jester outfit who represents the adolescent Mike who just wants to enjoy life and have a good time.) . After his meeting he goes home on the bus gets on a bus. We then meet an follow an artist (Sheetal Kelkar) and her counterpart (Jamie Braddy) and see that both suffer from feelings of embarrassment and feeling that they are on display. We return to the bus and look at the riders and we get their private stories without hearing a word., Esper goes among the populace of the transport. It all ends in tragedy two military veterans (William DeCoff and Adam Masnyk).
Esper not only gives us social commentary but also character study and a look at and meditation on the insecurities that plague so many of us. Just think how many times you wanted to speak up but were much too anxious to do so. The intimacy of the film can also be seen on the larger more epic scale because so many of us relate to what is here. We all harbor feelings of self-doubt and it is important to understand that we are not alone.