Don’t Go in the Bathroom
A young woman endures horrific violence; danger yet lingers in the bathroom.
Bathrooms can be scary places. Sharing one often demands more intimacy than sharing a bed.
And how many of us can honestly say they didn’t have to check behind the shower curtain for years after Psycho traumatized them to shreds?
Following the release of Hitchcock’s masterpiece, a number of films have indulged in restroom unrest—from suicides and murders in movies such as Fatal Attraction, to other forms of loo nastiness in films like The Conversation and Trainspotting as well. Even the poor protagonist of Finding Nemo experiences an ordeal of Toilet Hell.
Michael Cornetto’s Don’t Go in the Bathroom takes such terrors to a whole new level.
Protagonist Anne has survived a brutal beating and rape. And it’s in her very bathroom that the violence comes to a sticky end. Traumatized to her core, Anne cannot muster the courage to return “to the normal world”. Instead, she isolates herself in her apartment for days on end – going to extraordinary and disturbing extremes to avoid using her toilet at all.
Margaret – her well-meaning, yet irritatingly persistent caseworker – is sure she can overcome Anne’s neurotic fears. But Margaret is missing some key information. One wrong move on her part and she could wind up making things a whole lot worse; for both of them.
The result: an extreme dose of violence, blood, urine and feces – all of which provide a sublime source of irony. A disgusting one, of course.
So, if you’re a director looking for a script that rips through the envelope of gut-wrenching detail… up towards emotional/psychological heights, you will not want to miss Don’t Go in the Bathroom.
So print up a copy, and bring it in for a read. Everyone’s got to go… sometime.
About the reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She always has loved to write, but only recently has discovered the joy of film and stage writing. She may be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.
About the writer: Michael is a graduate of the New York School of Television Arts and has been screenwriting since 2005. A number of his short scripts have been produced and several have played the festival circuit… with over 70,000 views on Youtube. Drop Michael an email at mcornetto “AT” hotmail!
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