Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 by Marisa Mirabal
“How are you doing?” is a deceiving question despite its simplicity, especially when the inquiry is posed during a deadly pandemic. Many of us force smiles and internally debate whether to tell the hard truth or sugarcoat the answer. Writer/director duo Kelley Kali and Angelique Molina understand what people truly mean when they respond with quite literally, “I’m fine…thanks for asking”, which makes the statement a perfect title for their debut feature. If there’s any film released thus far that captures the pain, perseverance, and even pleasures of 2020, it’s theirs.
I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking) follows widowed mother Danny (Kali) who is struggling to find a home for her and her eight-year-old daughter Wes (Wesley Moss). After the death of her husband, Danny and Wes start living in a tent off the side of the road while one of Danny’s friends watches Wes during the day. Saving up for an apartment, Danny is only a couple hundred dollars short for a deposit. The film is set over the course of one day as Danny tries to earn the remaining sum needed for a new life. She earns money by braiding hair and delivering food through an app. When one of her clients falls through on payment, Danny is faced with a devastating decision in order to get her life back on track.