Forever Yours: A Sadly Haunting Tale of Love and Loss
Stephen Kellam’s short film Forever Yours is a visually beautiful achievement. The film was produced with no spoken dialogue. Instead, the film’s emotional message is marked by the tone of its background music, which is melancholy and burdened with sadness. Its haunting echoes serve as a metaphoric reminder that our lives are too often vulnerable to experiences of fragmentation wrought by the undercurrents of dread and ghosts from our past.
Forever Yours begins as a short but deeply disquieting simple story of love and loss during wartime. However, by setting part of the love story in New York City’s now demolished old Pennsylvania Station (which was re-created in the film by utilizing computer graphics) Kellam metaphorically evokes much deeper images and longings than in his classically understated romantic story of love and its collapse.
Suddenly, the film about a soldier dreaming of a rendezvous with his loved one back home becomes, in part, a film about our universal wishes for and dreams about a lost world. In other words, the film makes a sharp descent into the darker realm of reminiscent melancholia.
Forever Yours: A Haunting Tale of Love and Loss
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