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A true-fiction short following the story of Witold, a young, Polish Londoner whose humanity is blunted by the demands of his digital boss, laying bare the hardship of the job of a care worker at this poignant time of the global pandemic.

Under-trained and underpaid, Witold speeds from home to home on his bicycle, feeling the enormity of his responsibility as he enters hidden worlds to administer care to a delicate but dynamic assortment of elderly men living alone. Required to use a mobile app which enforces his schedule, Witold’s attempts at connecting with his ‘service users’ are constantly interrupted. He and his wards are united in their isolation and inevitably begin to bond - until his bike is stolen, and his malevolent schedule unravels.

Witold’s elderly clients are played by vulnerable men who receive care at home and are not actors. Unbeknownst to cast and crew, the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded as filming commenced. ‘Limbo’ reveals the acute loneliness of those most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic, and its devastating real-time implications.

This story is the narrative debut of Emmy nominated writer and director Lotje Sodderland (My Beautiful Broken Brain, Netflix), herself once a recipient of vital care.

"This is a film of compassion and tender observation of lives we rarely see – it’s in the performance of the routine tasks made by one person for another that we start to grapple with meaning, dignity and what it is to be human." - Ken Loach

  • Year
  • Runtime
    19 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Lotje Sodderland