In the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, two female cousins grew up inseparable, more like sisters than cousins. But as life took its course, a major transition created a rift in their once unbreakable bond. Now, "Arrangements" brings their story to light—a heartfelt dramedy that delves into the complex dynamics of family and the absurdity of life.

This film explores the profound impact that life transitions, turning points, and reinventions can have on close personal relationships. It poses a compelling question: What happens when one character's growth or desire for change stirs up fears and friction in those closest to them? "Arrangements" sets out to explore the answer to this question, taking us on a journey through the messy middle of these characters' lives.

As the film unfolds, our cousins find themselves tangled in a day of shopping for wedding floral arrangements—a seemingly simple task that unravels old resentments and awakens awkward tensions. They are forced to confront the deep-seated issues that have kept them apart, navigating a battle involving flowers as a metaphor for their conflict. The stakes are high, for at the heart of it all lies their precious relationship.

Beneath the surface, "Arrangements" embodies a universal theme: the fear and uncertainty that accompanies the process of becoming someone new. Shifting out of adolescence and venturing deeper into our journeys of adulthood can be intimidating to those we love. The film explores the perceived threat to relationships and our own egos, capturing the essence of this transformative period.

In creating this film, our intention was to craft a story that highlights the humor found in our everyday existence. "Arrangements" is not just a Cambodian American narrative; it represents a broader Southeast Asian American experience—one that creates space for love and joy. It breaks free from the singular narrative often attached to Southeast Asian American stories, which tends to focus solely on pain and suffering. Instead, we offer a fresh perspective, weaving a tale that embraces laughter and warmth.

  • Thavary Krouch
  • Thavary Krouch
  • Daniel Lamkin
  • Jess Wright
    Executive Producer
  • Myles T Teague
    Line Producer
  • Aurora Penepacker
    Key Cast
  • Missy Fierro
    Key Cast
  • Joe Chapleau
    Key Cast
  • Pisay Pao
    Voice Over
  • Christopher Rejano
    Director of Photography
  • David Deutsch
  • Ana Christian
  • John Wong
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Central Khmer, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa Arri 35
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Thavary Krouch