The specific fetish on display here isn't totally clear, but there's no mistaking the fact that Selena Gomez is charting a fearless path that mixes sexuality with a perfect balance of the strange and the commonplace.
Director Jesse Peretz — who's now likely better known for the series Girls than for his late '90s alt/rock videos, including Foo Fighters "Big Me" and "Learn To Fly" — sends Selena Gomez to the '70s for a complex high school tale filled with sexual tension and a whole lot of mystery, especially due to Gomez playing all the main characters.
You might get the sense that Selena Gomez is toying with you in this sexy twisty stylish video. Is she a play-at-home sexpot pining for the movie star? Or are the two of them living in bliss and she's just missing him when he's at work? Or maybe she's just a stalker.
Whatever the case, she's got her hands full in this welcome return from director Alek Keshishian (who you should know from his groundbreaking 1991 tour documentary film Madonna: Truth Or Dare).
It's pretty hard to pull off a "stare into the camera lens and cry" treatment. So, credit to Selena Gomez who delivers in an emotionally unguarded video that showcases a tourtured relationship with a man with Justin Bieber hair.
Now that she's officially "of age", Selena Gomez continues her transformation into a diva-in-training. She has a little choreography, she does a model walk down an empty street, she's driven all over Paris in what appears to be a classic Benz... and a different outfit at each locale. All that's missing is someone accompanying her. Unless she wants the alone time. BTW, Philip Andelman LOVES shooting in Paris, doesn't he?
Anthony Mandler continues to be the go-to director for the new generation of pop divas and this video for Selena Gomez is a good example of how he's able to mix-up introspection with wide open vistas and exotic, yet familiar touch.