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By David Finkelstein | June 25, 2007

Grace Carter is seen here as a generic teenage girl waiting by the phone for her boyfriend to call. The soundtrack is a looped, distorted pastiche of fragments from pop love songs. Lo-fi animated illustrations show little pink hearts swimming over the phone, and tears falling from her eyes. She ends the video by rejecting the lover and throwing the receiver off the hook.

This short film saturates itself in pop music and cliches about love, while knowingly distorting them to maximize a sense of self-conscious irony. Does love really hurt if most of what we feel is derived from the recycled notions of MTV? “Disconnected” is a brief portrait of feeling disconnected in more than one sense.

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