We're The Pet Shop Boys, 2021, 4'32"

Based on shots of animals in a pet shop, and on the Pet Shop Boys song from which it takes its music and title, the video intricates images of a world of small animals, both cute in their look and imprisoned by humans for their own pleasure, a dance song that makes them look like they're some kind of a ballet, dancing to the music, and the lyrics of a past love that you're still thinking of.

The movements of the animals in their cage, probably persuing the dream of being able to follow their own will, but still locked, and reduced by their lack of physical freedom and of inner imagination to repeat the same meaningless movements again and again, also resonate with the voice of Neil Tennant singing:

Suburbia’s a slipstream
to a memory
of a time
when you were close to me
I pretend
I'm there again
I close my eyes and see you
better than before
then I feel you touch me
and it’s 1984
I know what you will say
before you start
in my heart


Full screen recommended.

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