Video Review: Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant & Alma “bitches”

A couple walk to a doctor’s office. Alex (Paul W, Downs) whines to his girlfriend, Greta (Jessy Hodges), asking “do you really have to do this?” She takes his hand and says it’s something she wants to try.

Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and Alma watch the couple as they sit in the waiting room through a one-way mirror. Lo reads their chart, stating that “they have been together for four years and she made the appointment.” They comment “gross” while Alex picks at his teeth. Lo tells everyone it’s time to start and presses the button.

Alex and Greta get up from their seats as the lights flash in the waiting room. Lo sings in a teal-lit hallway. Lo has them sign authorization forms in her office and puts leather-studded collars around their necks.  She leads them by a chained leash to Charli XCX’s office.

Charli XCX examines Alex’s tongue in the royal blue lit room. Charli XCX also sings in the hallway, which is lit in a rainbow of colors for her.

Lo pulls them to Caroline and Aino’s office. Carolina and Aino stand behind the bar, contuing to serve them shots. Icona Pop sing in the rainbow lit hallway.

In the classroom, Lo moves the whiteboard in front of desk. She asks Alma, Elliphant, Alex and Greta is they “brought any markers. ” They shake their heads no. Lo says she’s going to have to do a demonstration instead. Alex faces Lo in class and mimics how she moves her tongue. She teaches Greta how to smoke.

During lunch, Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and Alma share their Chinese takeout. Lo asks if anyone wants her avocado rolls. In the cage, Alex and Greta say they would like some. Lo tosses them one small piece. The bell rings and they leave. Alex and Greta call for Lo and Charli XCX to let them out.

Elliphant and Alma stand in their office. Elliphant peels a banana and stuffs food in their mouths. Alma plays a video. Alma and Elliphant sing in the rainbow lit hallway.

They all watch to see if the couple retained what they learned. Alex gets up from the floor, smiling. They push his head down.

As they leave, Alex asks Greta about her tattoo and she giggles. He suggests they go home to practice. Greta breaks up with him and he tells her he understands. Greta goes back inside the Lo’s office. Some men laugh at Alex as he passes by. He tells them to go into Lo’s office.

Rating: 0/5

Tove Lo has been running her practice for about five years. Relationships fascinated her, particularly the ones that seemed to be going well all the time. Social media only piqued her interest further as people shared their lovey-dovey messages to each other’s walls and multiple pictures from romantic vacations.

It was those couples she saw in her office the most often. They couldn’t admit to their friends and family that it wasn’t working. They turned to her as a last resort. Lo specialized in human sexuality and a majority of her questions revolved around how much time intimate time they had together.

During the sessions, she role played and taught classes to help have a better relationship. However, the dating couples usually broke up after seeing her once. The married couples hung on for as long as they could. Lo, personally, didn’t understand the concept of marriage. Each couple that came in was miserable and fighting with their spouse. Counseling was cheaper than hiring a lawyer and they ended up with her. A few married couples lasted. In her office, she hung some invitations to vow renewals and pictures of some of the couples’ babies they had after seeing her. Love, though, is still something she doesn’t believe exists.

Director: Lucia Aniello Year: 2018

 

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