Finding Redemption Amidst the Chaos Painted on ‘The Wall’

After ending a long-term relationship, Eva paints the wall in an attempt to take back control of their once-shared house and herself. An emotional expression of struggle, pain, despair, and finding the strength to move on follows. This BLTai recap of the US lesbian film ‘The Wall’ tells you what occurs in the painted mess.

 

Directed by and starring Valeska Miller as Eva, and Gabrielle Maiden as her ex-girlfriend Hope, this film is an entry in the 2023 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Warning: Spoiler alert. Read at your own risk.

Eva lies restlessly in the middle of the night while her ex-girlfriend, Hope, sleeps peacefully beside her. She gets up from the bed and decides to make herself a drink. As she waits for the water to warm up, her eyes wander around the organized chaos of boxes all over the living room. Unable to stay put, she begins to rummage through the open boxes to occupy herself until a love letter from Hope, written years ago, slips into one of her books. She crumbles it and throws it away, only to pick it up again and hide it inside her closet.

With determination, she finds a pail of red paint and a lone paint roller within her own belongings. She then begins to move the couch away from the dull white wall. She puts on her AirPods and listens to a podcast of a woman talking about how having energy makes one able to get through things with ease. Eva furiously covers the floor with a plastic drop cloth, as well as other parts of the room where paint may be. Meanwhile, the podcast persists in emphasizing that when one roots themselves in gratitude and surrounds themselves with love, the unknown occupies space in life. ife. Joy, the unknown, directs attention to the positive aspects of life that facilitate smooth interactions with others. The woman on the podcast goes on to talk about releasing herself from feelings of guilt and sorrow. The woman claims that she is a warrior just as Eva manages to dismantle the painting hanging on the wall.

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Simultaneously, the sound of shoving from the living room awakens Hope, prompting her to call out Eva and switch on the light. Eva is surprised by the interruption and is unable to answer when Hope asks her why she is taking off the painting when she has previously said that she will keep it. If Hope changes her mind and says it isn’t a big deal, she offers to take the painting. On the other hand, Eva sits on the floor and begins to pour paint on the rollers, making Hope question her for deciding to paint at three in the morning, but the former is unable to provide a reasonable answer. Seeing that Eva is determined to proceed with her plan, Hope offers to help and says that she doesn’t even need a paint roller to do so. She takes the pail of paint and dips her bare hands in it before rubbing her hands on the wall, creating a mess on it. Eva desperately tries to stop her, but Hope refuses, even telling her to join her. Just then, Hope accidentally spills paint on Eva’s nightgown, prompting the latter to dip her hand and splash it on the former’s face to get even. Initially, a battle between making Hope stop making a mess turns into the two of them playing with the paint, messily splashing paint all over themselves, and the once pristine white wall. The laughter dies when Eva steps on the roller paint, causing its contents to spill on the floor. Eva frantically tries to clean up the floor with her paint-covered hands and refuses furiously when Hope offers to help her clean up. The two raise their voices at each other until Eva suddenly breaks down in Hope’s lap, who then guides her to the bathtub to clean up. They sit in front of each other in the cramped bathtub while Eva continues to cry. Hope apologizes and comforts Eva sincerely, but then she suddenly farts, causing the bathtub water to create a bubbly sound that makes them both laugh. As Hope tries to wipe the dried paint on her face, Eva tries to kiss her, but she moves her face away.

Eva asks what she is supposed to do, about what will happen to her now that they have broken up, but Hope is unable to answer. Eva sleeps peacefully in the bedroom they have shared for so long, while Hope lies wide awake. Hope checks and stares at Eva’s sleeping figure before the tears begin to run down her face. She gets up and dresses to finally leave. For the last time, Hope gently kisses Eva’s forehead and then goes. Unknown to her, Eva is awake and only opens her eyes after she hears the door close. As Eva exits the room, the boxes holding Hope’s belongings have vanished, and a puddle of spilled paint covers the floor, mirroring their earlier mess on the wall. She picks up the almost empty pail of paint and pours it on the paint roller. She then begins to paint the wall, covering the mess they made with a beautiful facade.

 

Writer’s Thoughts:

Despite having a brief running length, ‘The Wall’ effectively captures the turmoil and panic that follow a split. The question of what will happen to the version of you that is no longer in a relationship and how upsetting it is to realize that even you struggle to provide an answer. Parting ways is never easy because the other person will always hold a special place in your heart. Sometimes you may wonder if breaking up is the right decision because it is always easier to think of the sense of familiarity and comfort than the fear of starting over. Of course, we will never know what caused the breakup or who started it. But it also demonstrates that there are instances in which we are unable to get back what we have lost, so instead of giving up, Eva chooses to paint the wall that formerly served as a testament to her relationship with Hope. The moment when Eva starts to hide the chaos painted represents a fresh start and a new Eva—a version of herself that the same wall will witness stand up again.

Enjoy watching ‘The Wall’ on a bigger screen because GagaOOLala is now available to watch on your Smart TVs by downloading the app on Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Roku.

 

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