Mark Redman (Owen Teague) lives a double life. During the day, she takes care of her disabled father (Luce Rains) on the family farm in Colorado, entrusting him with all the chores until his father is fitted with a prophetic leg.
At night, Mark sleeps in his bed, escaping into a world of virtual reality where he finds comfort and peace. In this VR world, Mark (aka Orion) meets an anonymous man who is instantly fascinated by the world Orion has created, and romance sparks.
“At night, Mark lies in bed, escaping into a virtual reality world he’s created wherever he finds himself comfort and peace.”
The film’s use of VR is a perfect allegory for Mark’s inner turmoil. Life Rendered skillfully tells the story of a man caught between two worlds…the dream he wants to live and the reality he’s trapped in. Mark is forced to hide his sexual orientation from his father and believes that Virtual Reality is the safest place to express it… not.
Mark soon learns that his VR world isn’t as neat as he thought, and of course, secrets never stay secrets in a playwright. As Mark, Owen Teague gives a nuanced performance about a man holding his house of cards life together and gives a heartfelt emotional performance. This would mark the moment Mark realized his secret was out. This realization is realized in Teague’s physical strength and without words.
It’s amazing how Virtual Reality is being used Life Rendered telling a story about the importance of accepting one’s true self and being able to express oneself.