An Alternate Reality Is the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to a Lonely Woman in This Bittersweet Short

Image: Dust via YouTube
Image: Dust via YouTube

A frustrated, married mom of two becomes a beta tester for a virtual reality program that facilitates romantic encounters. Before long, though, her flirty, joyous alternate life with an idealized partner becomes the only one she wants to occupy... and the consequences are huge.


Director, writer, and actor Grace Rowe’s The Sweetening is like a bite-sized Black Mirror episode focused on loneliness and deeply personal despair. According to her website, Rowe is currently developing a TV series that builds on the ideas she explores in her scifi short.


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