Video Review: Aqua “Turn Back Time”

Lit in royal blue, Lene, Rene and Soren walk through the automatic doors of the empty Holburn station in London, England. On the monitor, hundreds of people rush through the halls of the station. Lene, Rene and Soren pass through the turnstiles.

From a clip of the 1998 film, Sliding Doors, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) slides her card at the turnstile.

A second version of Lene gets stuck at the turnstile. She is able to get through and takes the escalator. The band rides on the opposite side.

From the film, Helen rides the escalator. She discovers her boyfriend, Gerry (John Lynch) in bed with another woman, Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn).

The second version of Lene follows the band pass the steps. The train leaves the station.

From the film, Helen turns in her chair, showing off her short haircut.

The second version Lene holds on the barricade and watches as the band walks past her.

From the film, Helen laughs with James (John Hannah) on the park bench. She kisses him.

The band walks into the elevator. The second version Lene bangs on the door as it closes. As it reopens, everyone has gone. She watches the spinning hands on the clock as she runs through the station.

From the film, Helen attends a banquet with James.

Lene exits the elevator and watches the band on the monitor.

From the film, Helen presses a letter against her chest. She and James stand across from one another and sob in the rain.

The band boards the train. Lene stares at the second version of herself. The second version opens the door the train and walks back into herself.

From the film, Helen opens the train door. She and James kiss in the rain.

The train leaves the station.

Rating: 3/5

Lene scans her card several times at the turnstile. She watches the band leave with the original version of herself. After the sixth try, the turnstile lets her go. While outside of herself, she questions her memories. She has been at the train station thousands of times at her life and bumped into various people. Some she talked to while they took the train. She often waved goodbye and told them it was nice to meet them. They wouldn’t see each other ever again.

She had been a different person back then, though. Sometimes she saw the people again a few weeks later and pretended not to notice them. While riding the escalator, she views the missed kisses, the intimate friendships and several life-changing moments. There was a young man within the many who was the love of her life. She had run into him over and over, keeping the conversation short each time. He was someone she was supposed to have in her life.

Soren and Rene are the only people left. She searches for them throughout the station but can’t reach for them. From the video, they seem realize something is wrong. But she’s invisible. She looks down and sees her rootless future. She races down the platform and pulls the door open with the last of strength. Walking back into herself, she sees a flash of light and tries to gather her composure. A second longer and she would’ve lost everything.

Director: N/A Year: 1998

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 & 45 Magazine.

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