In black-and-white, a group of people stand, young and old. A man sits by a drum set. A little boy opens a chest. The screen swivels to a little boy standing by a car, the screen darkened with a white outline. It changes to another little sitting on a piano bench. his teacher standing beside him. As the screen swivels again, she helps him learn the keys.
The little boy looks into the chest. As a mother holds her baby, the word life is written on the screen. A man turns on his motorcycle. The band sits next to their instruments. A ballerina practices on the gray and black screens. Two service men stand by a little boy.
Struggle is written on the screen as the earth moves. In shadow, Ed Sheeran sings. A young stands in a dress, tears in her eyes. A man stands by the globe. Clouds appear with lightning striking. Sheeran’s face disappears into the clouds. A little boy holds a saw as a large tree stands in the center. Garbage is placed in the corner, flies buzzing. Police in riot gear march. A soldier fires his gun. Two soldiers circle the prisoners they have captured.
A musician throws down his trombone. The little boy takes the saw, ready to cut the tree. The boy smashes the windows to the car. Frustration is written on the screen. A young man hits a punching bag. A father yells at his son, lying on the ground. A dog snarls. A woman screams at a young woman kneeling by her.
The people begin to dance within the square. Expression is written on screen. A couple makes love in a tent. A door opens and people are crowded inside, dancing. Money burns as family written on the screen. A helicopter flies within the square. A young woman runs into a television. Sheeran disappears into the void.
The detachment of the black-and-white muddles the action as it swivels from screen to screen. While it may be depicting the chaos of stress, the connection to the characters isn’t available. The soldiers are able to make the most impact as they circle a prisoner and fight in a war, questioning their morality and who they have become.
However, for the little boy with the saw, it’s unclear what his problem may be. The frustrated musician, the little boy who smashes the car and ballerina face failure in some way. Each want out of their current situation. But it’s the stereotypes that come to mind and neither of these characters are given a new take on their story. Meanwhile, a faded Ed Sheeran blends into the stormy weather, taking on a ghostlike presence. He seems to exist in theory.
Director: N/A Year: 2015