Acclaimed actor Richard Kind A Serious Man, Curb Your Enthusiasm) stars in AUGGIE, the directorial debut of Matt Kane, co-written and produced with Marc Underhill.
Unceremoniously forced into early retirement from the firm he helped put on
the map, by a younger female colleague, Felix is a bit at sea. At home, his
wife Anne (Susan Blackwell) gets a promotion that will keep her busier than
ever and his grown daughter Grace (Simone Policano) is getting more serious
with her new boyfriend and is planning to move in with him. All of this
conspires to leave Felix feeling alone, ignored and slightly emasculated.
He decides to try out the retirement gift from the firm: a pair of
augmented-reality glasses that project a custom-crafted companion onto the
wearer’s world. As Felix begins to open up to “Auggie” (Christen Harper),
he finds in her the recognition and appreciation he’s so lacking elsewhere
and a companion more willing to hang on his every word. Her interest and
attention, pre-programmed as it may be, renews his outlook on life and, to
his surprise, he begins to fall for her. In a virtual world that feels too
good be true (and too real to let go of), Felix struggles to recognize his
growing addiction to the technology, its impact on his real-world
relationships, and the increasingly blurred lines between the two.
Technology provides us with escapism, emotional support and comfort. At the
same time, it has the potential for inflicting emotional suffering and
discomfort. AUGGIE explores the struggle to prioritise relationships with
people when technology may be able to provide more instant gratification.