Doves fly away from the wooden trimmed doors of a historic castle. In the empty foyer, a dove flies near Christina Aguilera.
Ricky Martin leans against the brush of an elaborate outdoor maze.
On the steps of the mansion, she puts her hands on her hips. Martin leans against a column. He sings by himself on the steps, where Aguilera had been earlier.
In front of the column, Martin puts his hand in front of his face and folds his hands in prayer. On the steps, she stays by the railing while Martin lurks in the back, watching her. Aguilera, by herself, puts her hand on the same column.
On the steps, a dove flies by Martin as he stands by himself. She touches her hair and her body while he paces. He walks backwards between the columns.
They pass each other on the steps, their bodies blending together. They hug, turning in a circle. She runs her fingers through her hair while he rubs her arm. They stare into one another’s eyes. He spins around by the columns and the doves fly again.
Ricky Martin saw her by the castle steps, gazing at the structure and taking photos with her camera. Blonde and independent, she seemed to be on a solo European trip, viewing the city with innocent eyes.
He stayed behind on the steps before approaching her, wondering if her visit to Europe had been impulsive after experiencing some abrupt change in her life. To him, she seemed weighed down, unable to meet anyone’s eye.
He meets her on the steps and they exchange a long glance, falling in love right away. On the steps, he told her of the history of the castle and took her through the hedge maze. She giggled as she made wrong turns and they would pause to kiss.
After they met, she extended her stay to another week. They rode the Metro and stopped in Greece and France. She promised to call and write once she got home, vowing to never forget him. However, three months have passed and he hasn’t heard. He visits the hedge maze, thinking of her laugh and her breath on his neck.
Director: Wayne Isham Year: 2001
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