DAN (Dan and Margot)
This is short exert from the feature- length film "Dan and Margot." DAN AND MARGOT is the intimate look into the life of a young modern woman struggling to take back the three years of her life that she lost to schizophrenia. With transparency and even humour, we will confront the notion of schizophrenia through a female character-driven portrayal that asks questions about the deep-seated stigmatization of mental illness within our culture and the way in which we all choose to cope with our past, present and future.
Not long ago Margot was haunted by the voices in her head. She was stalked, sexually harassed and tormented by a person who never really existed. For three years this went on, leading Margot into a deep depression until finally she was hospitalized and diagnosed.
In this scene, Margot tells the stories of her stalker “Dan.” If you don’t know the plotline of the story, the intention is for the audience to believe these stories are true, fulfilling the realism and terror involved in having a schizophrenic episode. At the end, her diagnosis is revealed and you see Margot in her new reality coming to terms with this.