"This is NOT my body."
This foreboding declaration opens the alluring and exquisite sci-fi short film Let Them Die Like Lovers.
Deep within a secluded forest in a C.I.A. safe house, an experimental counter-terrorism operation is underway.
Covert agent Alexa (Angela Lewis, Snowfall) has been given the ability to "jump" into other bodies in order to carry out government-sanctioned assassinations.
During one mission, she inhabits the father of a target. In another, she is the lover of the chosen mark.
Protecting Alexa's real body is her fellow agent, handler, and lover Marko (Mustafa Shakir, Luke Cage). Marko also serves as Alexa's emotional anchor as the stress of her constant body jumps - as well as the questionable morality of her missions - begins to weigh heavily on her psyche.
Alexa constantly recites to herself the mantra "This is not my body" in order to prevent losing herself during her traumatic body-jumping odysseys.
After one harrowing assassination, Alexa makes a heart-wrenching decision in a desperate attempt to preserve her own identity.
Written by Aaron Wolfe & Jesse Atlas (who also directed), Let Them Die Like Lovers is a haunting rumination on the crucial roles love, morality, and identity play in human connection - masquerading as a gorgeous and absorbing sci-fi action thriller.
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