SPIDER VEINS concerns two estranged friends reuniting for a single, nostalgic night. Nora, a vagabond on tour with a play, decides to drop in on Kris, a happily married mother of two. This intimate reunion is cast amid the drunken, noisy timbres of a birthday party Kris is inconveniently throwing for her friends, a party which provides an unsuspecting audience for several harsh truths Kris and Nora reveal to be just as present as they were in the ten years since they’ve seen one another.
Both ghostly and tenuous, mercurial and abrasive, SPIDER VEINS is a whispered assault on preconceived notions: an investigation into perception itself. As both women lie to one another in the hopes of defending their current identity, they both realize that the other woman embodies the other “half” they have been missing in their own lives. A cross between Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, Cassavetes’ OPENING NIGHT, and the work of Claire Denis, SPIDER VEINS is a love story about two women each challenging the other’s perception through the very nature of performance.