Lit by a Persian blue, a young woman asks: “are you staring at me?” On stage, the violinist (also lit in a Persian blue) plays. Meanwhile, Marc Anthony holds her and she tells him he’s beautiful. He responds that she drives him crazy.
Back on stage, Anthony performs with his dancers with the teal and mustard yellow patterned background.
Underneath the Persian blue, Anthony leans in to kiss the young woman.
While singing, he catches the eye of a young woman. Her boyfriend whispers in her ear. She continues to keep her gaze on Anthony.
In bed, the young woman rolls around, a sheet around her body, lit in Persian blue. Standing by the window, Anthony contemplates his next move. She sits up on the bed, beckoning him to come back.
On stage, the dancers stand behind the blocked colors, creating the illusion that they are under light.
On a staircase, Anthony rubs the young woman’s leg. They lean into each other’s shoulders.
Back on stage, the dancers touch his chin and face.
Still lit in a Persian blue, Anthony calls to her from the street. He watches as she climbs the fire escape. He puts his hand to her heart as she stops to listen. She walks to her apartment, leaving him without an answer. He watches her, bitter.
The main storyline of him being in love with the young woman doesn’t ever gel with the other parts. On stage, he’s the consummate professional, connecting with the audience in a friendly way. However, ignoring the young woman who tries to get him to notice her after one glance.
In the apartment, she stays on the bed while he is by the window. However, by the staircase, they share a passionate kiss. At the end, she leaves him cold at the fire escape. Her character is adjusted for who she needs to be in each part. There isn’t any continuity to the romance, which makes her seem delusional and unclear from Anthony’s point of view, if it’s a forbidden love. The last option, unfortunately, isn’t really explored.
Nonetheless, Anthony’s expressive acting goes above and beyond. He adds emotion to the story that isn’t there, which adds to the confusion. The storyline is set and rigid, unadjusted for his talent.
Director: Paula Walker Year: 1999
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