Video Review: Lisette Melendez “A Day In My Life (Without You)”

In black-and-white, a young man and woman let go as they walk in opposite directions.

In color, a man dances in front of a clock. A second young man grabs an oversized ceramic heart on his bed and runs in the street. He trips on the road, breaking the heart.

Back in black-and-white, Lisette Melendez sits by a chain-link fence. A stop watch swings over the street.

In color, she and her dancers perform in the street.

Against a teal background and flashing lights, a second young woman, wearing a bustier with a cone bra dances with a young man. Silver paint drips onto the second young woman as she stands against a white background.

In black-and-white, the young man swings a heart. He opens his heart with to find a metal heart.

She sits by the fence in color while the young man ties up his ceramic heart. She stands in the kitchen, staring at picture and knocks it off the wall. She looks through a cracked mirror. He stands by the bed as numbers fly on the sheet. The young man takes the key out of the heart and throws it on the bed. The two dancers perform in front of the clock. The young man thinks as he sits in the street.

Back in black-and-white, she continues to sit by the fence.

Rating: 2.5/5

Lisette Melendez hangs out by the park. She leans against the chain-link fence, watching the semi-trucks make their deliveries to the grocery stores. She spots people walking to their classes on the college campus. She can’t be home right now. Every inch of the house reminds her of her ex-boyfriend. Her friends stop by in the afternoon. They take her out to lunch and listen to her vent. As her friends pay the bill, she says she’s ready. She heads to the bar. She and her friends drink through happy hour. Around 5 pm, she and her friends start to dance in the street as they walk on the way home. Turning the key in her lock, her heart sinks. It’s only her now. She lets out a screech and starts knocking vases and pictures over in her home. Viewing the destruction, she cries in the corner.

Her ex-boyfriend leaves another message on her answering machine. He wraps his ceramic heart, which he picked out at the clearance rack from the Valentine’s Day and holds it in his arms. It will be a symbol of his evergreen love for her. While he fumbles the note in his pocket, the heart slides around his arms. He puts its over his shoulder and flaps his arms to maintain balance as he trips over the pavement. The heart breaks. He curses and hits his arms at his sides. There’s nothing else left to do. He returns back home.

Director: N/A Year: 1991

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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