Erin Strecker
September 30, 2011 AT 10:32 PM EDT

What if the best thing that ever happened to you came at the worst possible time?

So asks the (pretty depressing) trailer for the new independent release, Norman (out Oct. 21), starring Couger Town and Easy A’s Dan Byrd and Revenge’s Emily VanCamp.

Byrd plays Norman, a sardonic and sarcastic outcast in what looks to be a darker coming-of-age tale than typical movie fare. The trailer starts with off-hand comments and pithy insults, much like fellow loner Juno, but Norman’s torture becomes much more real with the cutaways to his daily self-harm. The always great Richard Jenkins co-stars as Norman’s father, who is battling stomach cancer after Norman’s mother suddenly passes away.

Emily (Emily VanCamp) is your standard high school pretty girl whose caring and curiosity lead her to repeatedly cross paths with Norman as their friendship takes a romantic turn. An innocence lost tale that is getting great festival buzz? I’m excited.

Check out the trailer below:

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