I must admit that it wasn't until the second viewing that I realized Beth was talking to Death. And that certainly changes the film!
This wasn't helped by him having such a young voice, and his dark blue jacket. Maybe black and long (esp since he's out of focus)?
(Having a tattered robe, skull face & scythe would change the whole feel.)
Well shot. Well done, Beth. You have a star there for your Everything Sticks stable.