At its simplest level, Plushophilia is an intense love of stuffed animals – also called plushies. Plushophilia is only a mental health disorder if the individual becomes obsessed – to the point that it interferes with their ability to function socially. The word can also mean a sexual attraction to stuffed animals.
The film opens up with white haze hovering over a woman in bed. Score sets the tone. The woman’s head now rests on a man’s bare chest – listening to the rhythm of his heartbeat. Meet Cassandra – played beautifully by Elisabeth Jamison. The moment sharply changes to reality when that beating heart is that of another man. Her beloved husband, Eddie, has died. In a charming opening scene, we realize the man in bed has Eddie’s kidneys.