When Color Fades
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hen Annabelle Storm’s husband dies unexpectedly, she tears up a letter he wrote alerting their daughter Lily of Annabelle’s diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Annabelle knows what she must do next. She has to find and destroy the contents of a red box where she once hid her darkest childhood memories before Lily can discover it. Her relationship with her daughter is far too fractured to withstand the discovery of Annabelle’s grim history. As Annabelle’s chaotic search for the box seems more hopeless, she becomes fierce in her determination but finds she is powerless to stop the layers of her memory from being stripped away by her illness.
Months later when Lily comes across the box, she is shocked and transformed by the truth it reveals about her erratic mother. It is in Annabelle’s rare moments of childlike clarity that the two women are finally able to bridge the icy gap between them, laying unbearable memories to rest.
When Color Fades is a stirring look into the anatomy of memory loss and the frailty of misconstrued relationships. It untangles hard truth with gentle irony. It explores a mother and daughter’s turbulent pursuit of closure.