Marie practices her dance. She prepares for the long-awaited concert. The girl has a well-paid job and apartment. Her boyfriend Max is perfect and handsome. Marie is focused and lives with a premonition of happiness, but her fears and doubt are getting stronger. The woman tries to remove the shackles or, at least, trying to understand how to live with them.
One day, jealous and powerful Max sees how Marie speaks with her dance partner Nick. He didn't like it and he flipping out on Nick.Nick’s injuries make the concert impossible. In an effort to change her life. Marie finds help in psychotherapy. For the first time, she feels relief and hope. But Max sees a threat of loss in Marie’s attempt to set boundaries and find her voice. He becomes mad. Marie accepts Max's regrets, hoping for the best. Consequently, Marie's emotional dependence on Max only grows. Meanwhile, Marie’s sneaky boss finds a replacement for her at work, and after that, he kicks her from the apartment that he paid. His new girlfriend Lola is not so talented as Marie, but she’s easier to deal with. Marie is useless to him now – there is no concert and her boyfriend damaged the apartment.
Even under these circumstances, Marie does not give up hope of returning to her true calling. Her hopes are shattered. She loses contact with the world and becomes completely dependent on Max. Paralyzed by fear Marie does not even try to escape from her own prison. Despite the total loss of herself, in her in an extremely vulnerable state, the woman successfully saves herself. Marie chooses a complete break with Max.
When she is in a hole of sadness and depression, she does not try to get out. On the contrary, she makes her situation worse by self-torture. Marie tightens the noose more. Society tries to help her, but only she can save herself.
The outside world frightens her even more. Only when Marie realizes herself as a protagonist of her own life, she saves herself. By accepting her life journey, she can turn her own weakness into strength. The shackles became the clue on which her new professional life as an air gymnast is based.

  • Julia Germanieva
  • Julia Germanieva
  • Julia Germanieva
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    19,000 USD
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  • Language:
    No Dialogue
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Director - Julia Germanieva