Watch Taylor Swift’s short film ‘All Too Well’

Stay tuned: Taylor Swift has dropped a dramatic and moving short film for the long-awaited 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” Swift wrote and directed the 35 mm short film.

Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) star as two doomed lovers. The story opens with them in bed, Sink’s character hypnotized by his girlfriend. They end up in upstate New York, where she leaves a headscarf. Their relationship takes a turn at a dinner party where O’Brien’s character ignores his girlfriend while impressing his friends. They fight; O’Brien is arrogant and dismissive, while his desperate girlfriend is crushed but still wants to keep him.

Eventually, O’Brien breaks things off. A montage shows Sink alone at parties and sad at her 21st birthday celebration. O’Brien’s life continues as he walks alone down a street in Brooklyn. Then the film leaps 13 years into the future. Sink’s character is now portrayed by a red-haired Swift. She is an author in a packed bookstore and reads to her book Too good, probably about the heartache of her early twenties. Outside, an elderly O’Brien (Jake Lyon) looks out the window, wearing the same red scarf his ex had left.

Swift premiered in New York City Friday afternoon to celebrate the video’s release. She told the “hand-picked” audience that the song “belongs to us”, in reference fans who have made the non-single her most beloved writing. During the screening, fans screamed the lyrics to the film. Afterwards, O’Brien and Sink joined Swift in front to talk about their enthusiasm.

“Taylor, you’re a genius and the most beautiful person ever. I’m still recovering,” O’Brien told Swift and the audience. Swift then remained at the forefront of a solo-acoustic rendition of “All Too Well Version), “her first live performance ever of the song. (She will also play it further Saturday Night Live this weekend.)

“All Too Well” was originally released in 2012 on Red, which Swift has re-recorded as part of its massive project to regain its master recordings. The long-teased 10-minute original version of the track appears this time on the album, which features even more biting lyrics about the relationship that inspired it. The song goes specifically hard on the age difference. Swift was at the peak of 21 when she was in this relationship with an older partner.

There have been widespread rumors that the subject of the song is Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she briefly dated around this time. He was 30 when he was seen strolling Brooklyn with a 20-year-old Swift. None of them have confirmed that “All Too Well” or any other songs on Red about that.

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