The laundromat is an icon in the imagination of romantic comedy movies of this genre: such classics as Stephen Frears My Beautiful Laundrette and Isabel Coixet’s Things I Never Told You have used this setting for the meetings of its characters.

Similarly, the director Eva Quintas uses this resource as a storyline of her short film, shot in North America, Soap Opera, which shows a loving relationship in a peculiar way. The director sets the stage for love in an American laundromat and makes the most of all the washing, spinning, drying and then folding to structure her story.

In a laundromat full of people waiting to wash their laundry, Boy meets Girl and they decide to share one of the washing machines: it is the washing cycle. Through each of the successive cycles, their love story gets interwoven: the spin unleashes their romance; with drying, the story cools: Boy feels that their story is something special and she thinks that, like the laundry, it is something people do every day and nothing special. Girl leaves Boy. With the process of the folding clothes, boy is betrayed and suffers at his loss. But girl then understands what she has lost and decides to re-wash clothes and start again.

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