A ferris wheel spins around, its aqua lights glowing in the night. A couple stares straight ahead as they sit in the seat and fly overhead. A little girl screams as she speeds by on a ride. The sign on the funhouse reads “Pun for all.” People turn in circles on a Tilt-A-Whirl type ride.
In black-and-white, Bruce Springsteen walks with his hands in his pockets by the shore.
Inside a navy lit funhouse, he leans against the cracked wall, playing the guitar. He continues to play in black-and-white. A man puts a sword down his mouth. A clown stares with empty eyes. A man breathes from his mouth. A third man kisses a snake.
In the navy lit funhouse, a young woman walks alone. The images swirl in black-and-white. Back in color, he exits the funhouse and passes a carousel as the sun sets.
After an argument with his wife, Bruce Springsteen needed to take a walk. A few miles from his home was an amusement park. Checking his wallet, he realized he had enough money to get an all-day pass.
The people working the stands called to him. They made jokes and told him to have a good day. He walked along the quiet shore and finally stood inside the funhouse for several hours.
The funhouse, with its distorted images and people performing daring stunts, startled him. Usually, he found the scares to be tiresome. However, the fight with his wife left him unsettled. Her words had been short and hard, filled with a resentment he didn’t know she had. It seemed final, as though it was the beginning of the end of their marriage.
Forever was supposed to be longer than eight years. Their relationship had been zigzagging in different directions, scattering in various places for at least a year now. He knew he wanted to stay with her and work it out. But did she? Returning home, he braced himself for the worst.
Director: Meiret Avis Year: 1987
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