Friday, February 20, 2009

Sweet, But Not in a Cloying Way...

It has been a rough week. Between teaching and my dissertation (which is slowly but surely killing me), I've been feeling a little worn-down. However, on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books site, their featured video for this Friday happens to be for "Pot Belly" from South Africa's Freshlyground. It is perhaps one of the sweetest love songs I've heard in a long time. Also, the video is adorable (but not in a saccharine/ Lisa Frank way).

What I really like about the video is the genuine emotion the two actors display. From the little dance the woman does when she gets the flowers to the guy's facial expression as he is trying on the shirt, it seems so genuine in regards to the emotions that people have during the first phases of a flirtation/ crush. I also love the ending, which illustrates the idea that, in order for a relationship to work, you have to accept that you can't force another person to conform to your preferences. Instead, each person must make the personal decision to participate in the true give and take that comes with a relationship.

Finally, on a more shallow note, kudos to the director, who managed to combine green and red without making it look like a Christmas display exploded.