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This Pixar-esque music video will break your heart

Have you ever felt like you're going in circles?

It sounds like a simple problem, but being caught in a rut can be such a harrowing experience. It's not just the question of "Am I getting anywhere?" It's the fear that everything you've done has gotten you to a place where you can't get anywhere else. It's feeling trapped. The thought that you're living life in an endless loop without a break in the action.

I think of that when I watch this music video. Tel Aviv's Jane Bourdeaux created this video for their song "Ma'agalim" and it's gorgeous. It shows a lonely figure in a music box walking down a bucolic country road. Time passes, people age, and people even die in her tiny little town, but that's all she sees. The beauty in the scene gives way to a kind of sadness at the idea that this is all there is. The lyrics bear that out perfectly:

Nights turn into days

Days turn into years

And among them I was going faster in circles

Winds are blowing on me

Blow on the back of my neck

Everything seems too far too big

I'm not moving forward

It's the time that drifts away

This is another passing train

It's a further tightening rope (knot)

Sunrises sinking fast

As more seasons pass

And I stay the same in this shortening time

(x2) I'm not moving forward

It's the time that drifts away

This is another passing train

It's a further tightening rope (knot)

By the end of the video, there's some catharsis, though it's bittersweet. The music box breaks, and the world stretches out into the dark unknown. Maybe it's the end. Or maybe it's the beginning of something new.