Video Review: Zara Larsson & MNEK “Never Forget You”

During the sunset, Zara Larsson and MNEK stand on different sides of the mountain.

A door cracks open. A little girl wakes up in her bed, teddy bear in arms and opens the curtains. Her imaginary friend is gone. At 4:03 in the morning, she leaves her house, walks past her school and into the city. From there, she heads to the mountains. In the distance, she sees a black furry creature hunched over. Recognizing it as her imaginary friend, she waves hi. He waves back. She sticks out her tongue. She walks up to him and gives him her teddy bear. They walk hand in hand.

Now thirteen years old, she jumps on her bed, applying lipstick on her lips as a friend of hers throws confetti at her. On her wall is her drawing of her imaginary friend. Out of breath, she laughs.

In the mountains, she plays peek-a-boo with him. He takes a seat beside her and has a hard time getting comfortable. She puts her hand over her mouth and laughs. Together, they dance. She falls asleep on his head, his breathing rocking her up and down. That morning, he gives her a flower. She smiles and puts it in her hair.

In her 20s, she races him to the end. She wins and puts her arms out. He leans in to hug her. Together, they hold hands and watch the water.

At age 40, she thinks of what has happened to her life, as she stares up at the stars. In the car, her husband hits the steering wheel, saying he can’t do this anymore. When he puts his hands up in frustration, she looks out the passenger window.

At the mountain, she smiles at her imaginary friend, the one constant in her life. She puts her hand on his arm. Sitting in a cave, with a campfire burning, she touches him on her cheek, near tears. She adores him, as she rubs his cheek again. It’s going to be so hard to leave him again.

Now in her 70s, they watch the sunset. She thinks of how she doesn’t have that many left and holds the teddy bear to her chest. She leans into her imaginary friend’s arms as he comforts her. She passes in his arms.


Rating: 5/5

it’s such a powerful and evocative video, stirring up many emotions that it takes a while to process it all.

At first, the little girl wants to visit him and say hello. She misses him and for the longest time, he was her only friend. She wants to spend as much as time with him as she can. By her teens, she is catching up with him and doing things they used to do when she was younger. She’s supposed to be over it but is unsure about puberty and boys.

By her 20s, he is a reminder of when her life was much easier. She can be open and free with him. He loves her regardless of what she has done and she wishes all her real friends were like him. No one actually tries to get to know her.

In a loveless marriage in her 40s, she thinks of what she has lost. The people who have betrayed her, including her own husband. Her life hasn’t turned out what she was expected. She returns to her imaginary friend again and gazes adoringly at him. He’s the one part of her life who hasn’t ever disappointed her. He’s the one person she truly loves and she regrets so much.

By her 70s, she wants to experience her final moments watching the sunset with him, as they have always done. It’s the one thing that gives her peace.

It’s a reminder that the optimism of childhood doesn’t last and cynicism takes it place. Adulthood will continually test a person until they break. For some people, that is middle-age after divorce or a job loss. With her imaginary friend, she finds that person who she was before. It gives her hope. At the end of her life, she accepts everything that has happened to her and wants to believe in humanity one last time. Her imaginary friend gives that to her as he holds her in his arms.

Director: Richard Paris Wilson Year: 2015

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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