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Imaginary Friend

Zach Rubin
United States, 2020, 16 min.

In English.

Of late, Helen has been haunted by a series of bad dreams that seem to bleed over into her real life. She lives alone, and the only company she keeps is a virtual assistant that leads her through her day, offering breathing tips, personalized advertisements, and the like. When she gets a message from her estranged son, David, it opens up old wounds, triggering her AI companion to suggest a new device allowing for cathartic virtual reality experiences.

Category: Science Fiction.
Themes: Identity, Relationships, Technology.

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