The Lonely Villa (2004)

Jesper Just

Super 16mm film, 4’32”

In “The Lonely Villa” we see several distinguished looking older men in dimly lit surroundings, each seated in silence at his own table waiting for the telephone before him to ring. Once the protagonist’s phone finally rings, the face of a young man at the other end appears, singing a love song in a soft, clear voice. The older man responds with a new song, and gradually his waiting companions all join in, like the chorus of a classic Greek play. The tenderness of the men contrasts with their appearance and the situation, initially giving the scene an absurd, comical aspect. In the end, however, its poignancy predominates: these men are not ashamed to show their feelings, even in public, even in the presence of other men.

carrie emberlyn