Video Review: Joel Corry “Lonely”

A young woman (Aimee Corry), wearing a white mock turtleneck and bubblegum skirt carries her suitcase to the building. The receptionist asks her phone. She takes out of her pocket. A security guard looks at the sign, stating “No Phone Zone.”

A second young woman walks to a twentysomething man to his room. The receptionist keeps her hand on the phone and smiles when the young woman and man refuse to hand it over. The receptionist puts it in a envelope. The twentysomething man forms a mold of the phone in his hand on the bed and sobs. He walks downstairs to the cafeteria. People sit, their hands in the mold of the phone.

Joel Corry discusses the young woman’s cell phone usage during a session. She cries. Corry leads the group session. A second young woman talks to a second young man as they walk on the court. They play tennis. The young woman and third young man take a hike together.

Lit in electric blue, the bouncer hands people back their phones at the entrance. They smile as they type and take pictures on their phones. The second young woman sits in the corner and scrolls through her phone. While on the hike, the second young man forms the mold of the phone in his hand. The young woman puts her hand in his. In the group session, Corry points to people and asks them to stand up. They dance. Back in electric blue, she shouts as two doctors drag her down the hallway.

Corry claps for everyone in the group session.

Rating: 3.5/5

Joel Corry reads the young woman’s chart while in her room. He tells her she has made great strides. The young woman as she holds hands with the third young man. He states that she cut her dependence on her phone more than half. The young woman grins and says she doesn’t even miss it and looks into third young man’s eyes. The third young man says he forgot how much he liked to talk to people while they were in the room with him. He scans the third young man’s chart and tells him he’s fully recovered. The third young man says he has no temptation whatsoever. Corry discharges them and tells them to enjoy their lives together.

The second young woman’s case bothered him, though. Being away from her phone had made her regress. Her social media posts included her sitting in the corner and dancing. They were only her and no one else. He taps on her room and says hello to her. The second young woman sits in the bed, biting her nails. She syas she has to post about her room and needs to text her friends. He tells her he’s going to have some further testing done. She says she can’t stay any longer. She has to go home. He says she suffered a relapse and he wants to see if something’s else going on with her. She puts her down and nods. He explains she’s going in extensive individual and group sessions. She asks him how much longer. He says he doesn’t know.

He wished he could’ve told her she was going to be okay. However, in his experience, cases like hers didn’t end well. It’s likely she’ll be able to function. Any relationships, though, will be short. She’ll need someone to take care of her for the rest of her life. She was most in need of human connection and not able to make any friends. She would have to re-learn social skills.

Director: N/A Year: 2020


Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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