Video Review: Terence Trent D’Arby “Wishing Well”

Through a violet filter, Terence Trent D’Arby walks with his hands in his pockets in the park. A young woman, reading Le Monde, looks up and watches him.

Against a copper curtain, he slides on stage and sings at the microphone. His band plays behind him.

He returns with a newspaper and sits next to the young woman on the bench. He glances at her and talks with her. She laughs.  They sit together outside at the cafe, waiting for their server. He whispers in her ear.

Back on stage, he dances with several people.

Through the violet, they sit together on the floor. He reads the newspaper and she rests her head on her stomach. They have sex.

On stage, he does the splits.

Rating: 3/5

Piles of Le Monde newspapers lie on the table. During his semester abroad in France, his intention was to study and see the sights with his host family. However, his class was cancelled for a week and he had some spare time to himself. He walked in the park and met a young woman. He started a conversation with her in French. Realizing he used the wrong tense, he giggled and corrected himself. She pointed to a similar sentence in the newspaper and explained it to him in English. He sighed with relief and they began to talk.

He became a regular at her favorite cafe. Although she complained the service was slow, she said they had best sandwiches in the city. After classes, he rushed to her apartment and had sex with her. His host family approved of her and believed they were meant to be.

In September, he returned home and moved back to his apartment with his friends. Although they exchanged contact information, he knew he wouldn’t see her again. Between classes, he flirted with young women at parties and drank with his friends at the local campus bar. Sometime in November, his friend told him he had a letter from France. His heart jumped. She didn’t forget.

Director: N/A Year: 1987

Pam Avoledo Administrator
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 and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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