Starting out in a funeral (not a good start for someone afraid of bikes) the dreamlike video takes the viewer on a journey backwards through time as a dying woman views her own past via a pleasantly paced bike ride. Rest assured, there are no collisions or wipeouts on this ride. Everything is serene and calm. In fact, one could make the argument that it’s TOO calm and not exciting enough for the journey its trying to depict. Pretty pictures can get pretty boring as three minutes of watching a bike ride can have you repeatedly checking how much time is left. A bike ride may be fun (I guess) but watching it isn’t exactly something one would call thrilling. That is, until things get trippy in the last third, which i won’t spoil here.
Lighting is where this video really shines (ha). Through manipulation of many different light beams, Cantor is able to emphasize the varying scenery of her past life while never losing focus on the woman herself. In fact, despite all the cavorting throughout memories past, the video never takes focus off of the two main characters: The woman and her bike. The drawback is that all the many beams of light can wash out the image, prompting one to put on some sunglasses before watching this video (though that may not be such a bad thing for bike lovers).