Terminal Wellness

"Terminal Wellness" is a harrowing dive into a near-future dystopia where society's most vulnerable are systematically eradicated under the guise of 'healing'. Drawing inspiration from Canada's Bill C-39, which expands medical assistance in dying to those with mental illness, the narrative exposes the horrors of such a policy taken to its darkest extremes. Silvio, or 'Sil', a young man battling substance abuse and homelessness, finds himself thrust into this terrifying world after robbing a store for drug money. His punishment: not jail, but a stay at a renowned mental health resort boasting a 100% success rate. This facility, led by a deceptively charismatic doctor, has a sinister motive: exploiting the new law to eliminate those deemed undesirable, from the mentally ill to the homeless and disabled.

Inside the facility, Sil finds solace in Jack, a fellow inmate, and their shared struggles. Their candid exchanges, filled with genuine hopes for recovery, starkly contrast the twisted counseling sessions Sil undergoes with the facility's 'therapists'. These professionals, armed with medical jargon and skewed philosophy, subtly push the idea that Sil's true 'cure' might be better found in death.

The façade shatters when Jack mysteriously disappears after a session, simply described as being "cured". Realizing the dark truth behind the facility's methods, Sil's desperation morphs into determination. Embarking on a vengeance-driven escape, Sil tears through the institution, intent on liberating others from their impending doom.
"Terminal Wellness" isn't merely a thriller; it's a cautionary tale echoing real-world concerns. It delves into the pressing issues of homelessness and mental health, illuminating the dangers of policies that can be exploited against society's most vulnerable.

  • Miguel Salvador Lara
  • Miguel Salvador Lara
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    October 13, 2023
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Director Biography - Miguel Salvador Lara

Miguel Salvador Lara is a film producer, Director, and screenwriter who received his education in writing for film and TV at the Vancouver Film School. With a passion for storytelling, he has established himself as a talented creative in the film industry. His work as a producer and screenwriter has brought to life a diverse range of projects, showcasing his ability to craft compelling narratives that captivate audiences. Through his dedication and hard work, Miguel strives to make a significant impact in the world of film.

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