A mix of real accounts with a semi-autobiographical short story by DF Wallace, which visualises mental discomfort as living on a different planet to Earth
Fragments of May reaches a different level of subconsciousness, where director Maria Pia masterfully illustrates the mental discomforts that people with anxiety will go through. Fragments of May interestingly splits the eponymous lead character into two different halves: one struggling in London in the past, the other one trying to recover in a youth clinic in the present – until the events urge the two storylines to collide.
Through sound and images, the film shapes a subjective experience of mental discomfort, specifically in young individuals struggling with the pressures of transitioning into adulthood.
The storyline thrives on its originality and runs on ambition. We quickly get attached to the elliptical character as we drift in and out of Earth between her two storylines, and is swiftly fragmented to re-create a sense of the mental disorder and anxiety.