Sonder (n) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
– From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Laundry Day explores the notion of sonder in an attempt to define the sensation of missed human connection. Throughout the film, our flawed protagonist, James, continuously proves his lack of self-worth to both the audience and himself. That is, until he meets Mary, a mysteriously forlorn woman waiting in line at a coffee shop. During their brief interaction, our perspective of James begins to shift. It is not until he arrives at the home of Ms. Gloria, a retired singer and James’ dearest companion, that we finally see the truth behind his seemingly selfish actions throughout the day: they were all for Gloria.