A young man shakes his spray can, his mural almost finished on the wall. A little boy sits at the kitchen, drawing a picture of a house while his parents fight in the background. Natasha Bedingfield works as an assistant to an executive, who sees her as a number. The executive hands over papers without even looking at her.
She walks out of the office, into the cubicle area and into the CEO’s office. He gestures for her to come inside. She hands him over the report and berates her it. She turns her back on him. putting her hands on her waist.
She returns back to the executive’s office and puts the report on her desk. The executive continues to type away on her computer. She takes her bag and puts it around her shoulders. She opens the window of the high-rise and jumps out. She opens the parachute and lands on top of an apartment. About a dozen people follow her and land. Underneath a rainbow, they dance.
The young man puts the final touches on his mural. The sound of sirens causes him to get up. He punches the wall as the police officers get out of their vehicle. He creates a hole and jumps through it. Meanwhile, she stands by some fans, wearing a red dress.
As she sits on a round, clear chair, an eclipse occurs in the sky. Once the sun is shining again, she opens her palms and scarlet butterflies fly from her hands. By the mural, she sings into a microphone and people continue to dance on the rooftop.
The little boy looks over to his parents, who are shouting and puts his hands over his ears. She films herself with her camera phone. Her former co-workers nod with approval and dance by the cubicle. The little boy imagines himself in his idyllic drawing.
She sits on a flower, her eyes closed. The little boy walks towards her as she floats in mid-air.
At her job, Natasha Bedingfield is underpaid and her hard work goes unnoticed. The executive could care less about her and only sees her as a nameless person who hands in the paperwork for her.
The little boy wishes his parents could get along. He believes they are going to get divorced soon. As he watches his family fall apart, he wants to run away where someone will ask him how he’s doing.
However, the artist, who has been out of work, paints a mural. However, he is careful to listen to any sounds of trouble. If he doesn’t pay attention, he could get arrested and a hope of any employment is gone.
In each scenario, the person is marginalized. However, Bedingfield and the street artist have the ability to change their situation. Their misery, while understandable, can end by looking for other avenues for work. The artist could post his illustrations online and develop a following while unemployed. She could update her resume and find something else. But it’s the little boy who is truly trapped. He has to live in the house, filled with tension and anger, and stay out of his parents’ way. He realizes his picture is not real but he wants it to be that way again.
It’s implied Bedingfield quits and goes on to experience success, as her former co-workers watch her video. The street artist and the little boy are given little, still clinging to hope it will work out some day. The street artist gets a reprieve while the little boy listens to her music to help him feel better.
The problems presented in the video are complex and require nuance. However, the simplistic solution to run off brushes off the reality involved. Bedingfield turns out okay. But the street artist’s unemployment benefits will end as possible arrest looms over him each time he paints a building, hoping the exposure will give him recongnition. The little boy, though, won’t be able to see his parents at all after he tells police he wanted to find his favorite singer.
Director: Alan Ferguson Year: 2008
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