Every year, in France, about 220 thousand women are victims of domestic violence. Studies show that 8 out of 10 women also claim to have doubted psychological attacks and verbal aggression.
It is from the analysis of these data that the French writer and director Joseph Catté decided to make “Ad Lib“, a short film that would show how there is no difference between verbal and physical violence and that both are able to leave very deep scars.
“Ad Lib” is a fantasy thriller that uses the karaoke-movie concept to emphasize the importance of words. The two main characters, Max and Julie, are very much in love, but we soon discover that their relationship is far from perfect and that Max uses words as if they were fists in order to impose his strength.
The ending is an unexpected plot twist that, however, unlike many other times, reflects the reality of the facts that often does not include a “happily ever after”.