During lockdown, a man travels to the desert to pick up his dog from an estranged partner. The film, “Pup, directed by and co-starring Avon Haughton, was conceived and filmed during the Covid-19 quarantine and registers as a poetic response to isolation and missing affection. Largely silent, we follow a young man named Tuscan — forced to ration food and live entirely through screens and projections — as he makes his way through empty streets and past state patrolled “reinforcers” (who we don’t see but feel their unsettling presence) to reach the desert home of his former companion, Windsor. She lives in a bright orange flattened sphere (more alien space ship, than ordinary home), spending her days searching for peace of mind, and possibly some form of cure. While flashbacks show a happier time between the two, the only thing they share now (beyond their beloved pet) is a sense of paranoia and fear. Haughton’s film remains vague, allowing its lonely characters and subtle world-building to allude to a larger societal free fall, culminating with a profound final scene where the ex-couple struggles with mixed feelings.