Medicine for Melancholy
Girl: “This is a one night stand.”
Boy: “It’s only been one night…can’t do anything about that.”
Boy. Girl. The City of rises and falls.
Here is a 24 hour observation of the story between these three characters.
Boy is average height, lanky, dark chocolate soulful eyes, full beard. Nice.
Girl is tall, slim, heart-shaped face, pretty smile, short choppy hair with bangs that fall across her forehead. Cautious.
Boy and girl meet at a party in the city one night, drunk.
They wake up together the next morning. Sneaking out.
Boy tries to get girl’s attention, unsuccessfully.
Girl wants nothing to do with boy, unsuccessfully.
Girl left her wallet behind in a cab, unintentionally.
Boy finds the wallet and tracks her down, intentionally.
Girl is not pleased to see boy, at first.
Boy, in his own quirky way, charms girl.
Girl and boy wander the city together.
They bike and walk by many places, some well-known, some unknown.
They discover their commonalities.
Boy and girl make love, for real this time.
They go grocery shopping after. Hmmm.
They talk seriously, about housing, music, and race.
They discover their differences.
Boy and girl spend the night together, their second one.
It is now, technically, more than a one-night-stand.
The morning comes…
Boy is still boy.
Girl is still girl.
Beautifully shot, the film is almost black and white.
Drained of the colors that saturate perceptions and veil judgments, it clears the plate.
All we see is the boy, and the girl, and the city, which are beautiful. All of them.
Girl: “It seems like this city just pisses you off.”
Boy: “Nah, I love this city. I hate this city but I love this city. San Francisco is beautiful…you shouldn’t have to be upper middle class to be a part of that.”
Although…even through this desaturated lens, the color never completely goes away.
It is present, and it makes its effect known.
Actually, the boy and the girl effect it to be known.
They choose to.
They can’t help it.
So in the end, what else can I say?
This is a melancholy dose of reality.
It tastes bitter, and sweet, and all kinds of lovely.
It is medicine…medicine for what?
You tell me.