Once again, Adele has taken the internet by storm with her recently released song and music video ?Hello? after being in hiatus for 3 years. Taken from her much-anticipated ?25? album, the song has hit everyone with too many feels including celebrities like Sam Smith, Katy Perry and Kate Hudson.
One thing that fans have noticed in the sepia-tinged video is the antiquated flip phone that Adele uses to call her younger self.
The video?s director explains that the use of this outdated piece of technology was deliberate and an essential part of telling the story.
??I never like filming modern phones or cars,? said French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. ?They’re so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies you’re reminded you’re in reality.”
“If you see an iPhone or a Toyota in a movie, they’re anti-narrative, they take you out of the story. If I put an iPhone or a modern car in a movie it feels like I’m making a commercial,” the 26-year old director added.
If you have seen the video, another thing that would catch your attention is the vine-covered phone booth, another tool Dolan used for his story-telling and one that holds more meaning than the flip phone.
?It says she is stranded in nature, which has regained its rights,” he said during the same interview. “It’s an element of the past. It’s much more important than the flip [phone] and trying to identify whether it’s Samsung or an AE9 or whatever.”
The video was shot on a farm in Quebec with Adele and actor Tristan Wilds who played her ex in the flashbacks.
The director added that the video ?is highly unoriginal.?
?I just thought it would be nice to have her walk around the house and make phone calls and end up in a forest, with maybe some flashbacks in it,” he commented.
Unoriginal as it may be deemed, Adele?s powerful vocals combined with Dolan?s vision makes listening to the song and watching the video a melancholic and almost cathartic experience.