Hints of Her is a short film that looks into the life of a widower that lost his wife during the birth of their first child. On the brink of his 3rd birthday, Derek’s son has started to ask the question “where is mommy?”. Derek is pressured by his wife’s parents, friends and family in how to handle the sensitive situation.
Derek and his son have a strong bond. This bond is structured through father/son interactions of learning and play while Derek deals with situations that arise such as which preschool and the decision to date.
This film sets out to explore the emotions of becoming a father and widower in the same day. Can a birthday be a celebration when it is the anniversary of a death? Exploring the life of a single father is complicated in the reliance Derek has on his wife’s family for financial and emotional support. By complicating the notion of a father/son relationship with the loss of the mother, Hints of Her seeks to wander with Derek as he cautiously attempts to explain the memories of his wife to his son.