Andrew Montague’s short film My Other Suit Is Human – Review

My Other Suit Is Human follows the lives of a young couple coping with the death of their child. Written and directed by Award-winning Ireland native Andrew Paul Montague, and with former films, Offaly and Isle of Man earning him shortlisted nominations for the bursary awards and a pitch offer for the BFI at Aesthetica Film Festival, Montague found his true calling in visual arts. After earning seventeen accolades from various film festivals for MOSIH, Montague imagines the feasibility of life after the death of a loved one.

Typical films neglect to acknowledge the complexities of grief—Montague’s representation of incompatible healing processes aids in explaining the pressures that deteriorate a relationship. Zoe’s process required timely and elaborate methods while her husband Stephen took an absentee approach; attempting to move past his pain and quickly regain his life. Although it appears that Zoe is suffering the most, Montague flawlessly depicts a hidden agony behind the Stephen’s actions revealing that heartache isn’t always a physical output of emotion. 

Stephen’s attempt to rekindle his marriage combined with Zoe’s distant behaviour leaves audiences to emphasize with both partners. The ill communication between the two is rescued by a robot suit which Zoe and eventually her partner use as a coping mechanism. The ensemble imbued Zoe with the courage to heal, but when it broke so did she. Montague’s unconventional approach represents the journey of life. Unforeseen events can disrupt a person’s entire life, and while it’s okay to fall victim to these disruptions, Montague reminds the audience that recovery is possible. Similar to Zoe, life won’t remain the same, but time helps one adjust to their new normal. As she fixed the suit, it wasn’t the same, but she slowly learned to accept it for what it now was. 

Zoe and Stephen serve as constant reminders of the child they lost, while other films show how the death of a child halts a relationship; Montague presents the opposite. Refusing to film the deterioration of a marriage, MOSIH illustrates the possibility of falling in love again as different people cautioning audiences that choosing a life companion involves an intense level of understanding and support between one another.

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