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female friendship, marriage, intimacy through technology, convalescence, patriarchy, racism



Frances has recently survived a near-fatal car accident, and a period of convalescence in which she was cared for by her eccentric mother. Now, with the help of her friend, Jane, she’s landed a job at an AIDS Service Organization where she has the opportunity to slowly come back to life.

Touching on themes of female friendship, marriage, and intimacy through technology, and with undertones of capitalism, racism, and patriarchy, We Are Not Supposed to Be Happy is a love story in every direction.