A film by Kelsey Hodge

Smile

SMU's

Film & Media Arts 2022

Summer Film Production

No one ever talks about what life is like after you try to kill yourself

Smile is a drama that follows Jules during the summer after returning home from the lowest point in her life. Clouded by her denial, Jules navigates a web of lies as she tries to figure out her relationship with her family, her friends, and her future. Jules must decide if she is going to take the steps she needs to save herself, or fall back into a consuming pit of darkness where not only her relationships are at stake, but so is her life. Smile is an exploration of how we respond to trauma through the relationships that shape us, the memories that haunt us, and the choices we make. 

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Not your typical 

coming-of-age drama

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