I Was a Fool: The window scene of magic
Okay, so, this is what I got from it.
They took the Mae Whitman character and essentially used Tegan and Sara to symbolise two sides to one person. Tegan is on the inside, Sara is on the outside. That’s why Tegan wears black and Sara wears white. They’re supposed to be at a dominant contrast to one another. If we apply media theory, it applies with binary oppositions: heaven/hell, happiness/sadness, love/hate, light/dark.
The song is about being a fool for love, right? The way they are shown touching the glass from either sides it’s almost like they’re trapped. Tegan shown as longing for outside and Sara shown as longing for inside. If we take the earlier mentioned colour symbolism into consideration, it shows the darkness (sadness), wanting to be released, and the light (happiness) wanting to get in. The person is fighting for happiness
Also, the “happiness” is outside and free whereas the “sadness” is confined and trapped in this one place. If you take the line “love like ours is never fixed” the frame represents how the darkness is stuck inside the person and that can’t be changed and it’ll always be there, even if the happiness was let in.
This is why the end shot of Mae looking out of the window is shot so that the whole landscape behind is captured. It’s like, she’s still inside (still herself) but the outsideness/freeness is now there (she’s now in a state of happiness).
Looking into it more closely, you could say that the happiness is only on the surface because it’s just the reflection off the window, but I interpret this to mean that their foolishness is still there, but they’re no longer in the state of unhappiness and despair because their love wasn’t working out.
It’s evident they played with the fact Tegan and Sara look so similar to each other to almost make it look like they’re looking into a mirror. Since, we’re going off the idea that it’s supposed to be one person spilt into two, it could mean that the person as such is like looking into a mirror like the person is stuck with themselves. So looking at the lyrics “if you’re worried that I might’ve changed. left behind of all my foolish ways. you best be looking for somebody else without a foolish heart” you could argue that it represents how the person is stuck with their foolish heart and that’s something they’re always going to have to deal with, almost like looking at yourself in the mirror. You’re always going to have to deal with who you are, what you look like and how foolish you may be included.
The two sides to the person looking trapped with each other could also symbolise almost like a living hell (the former mentioned binary opposition). Living hell as in stuck in this relationship or love-like situation where they don’t feel adequate and such. I could go on.
This came out kind of long winded but this is basically my analysis of the whole thing and I actually have SO much more to say but everything’s badly worded and I’d just rather not at this moment in time :) Also, I am in no way saying this is exact, but these are my ideas.
I swear to god if this gets no notes I will cry because this took so long to write