Video Review: Denise Lopez “Sayin’ Sorry (Don’t Make It Right)”

Water is poured into a glass. A vase of flowers breaks against the charcoal wall.

A young man, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, wanders back and forth on the sidewalk.

Denise Lopez sits in a chair in an apartment. She dances around the chair.

In a sky blue painted room, a chair is pulled out from underneath the young man.

A ball of green paint hits the wall.

The shirtless young man flicks the light on the ceiling and watches it swing. He lies on the floor and looks up at the sky blue ceiling. He rests his head on the table.

Glasses and kitchen utensils hit the wall. His head bangs on the table.

He sits curled on his chair covered with a white sheet.

The glass of water shatters. She dances in silhouette and jumps in the water on the floor. She whips her hair and splashes her hands in the water.

She dances in a black and white polka dot dress.

A television smashes on the ground.

Rating: 3/5

Denise Lopez avoids a vase as it breaks on the wall. She cowers in fear and cries while the young man berates her. She sits in the bedroom and stares at her ripped up painting. He believed her art was silly and she needed to spend more time on him. Her paint had been destroyed. She tries to piece it together. Perhaps she could salvage it. Her art was the only thing keep her going nowadays.

He snores next to her in bed and she takes the phone. She sits in the corner and thinks of calling her sister. However, she hasn’t talked to her in a long time. Her sister may not care. Her mom may be able to help. She dials her mom’s phone number and hangs up. He groans in the bedroom and she tiptoes back inside.

She cleans up the glass from the television. He tells her he didn’t mean it. He was upset about work and it won’t happen. She gives him a kiss and says she understands. They both look up as someone knocks on the door. Her mother calls out “hello” and notices the glass on the floor. Her mother’s eyes turn to her boyfriend and back to her daughter. She says she was in the neighborhood and wanted to take her daughter out to lunch. Her boyfriend tells them to not be long.

Her mother tells her she’s coming home with her. Lopez says she can’t. He’ll find them. Her mother says she knew it was her last night. She had to step in and do something. Lopez says she’s going to have to go back. Her mother says they’ll deal with him later.

Director: N/A Year: 1988

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 ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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