The most incredible thing about the video for "Changed Man" is the way that director Stefan Berrill takes a sensitive subject and then handles it with power, grace, and beauty.
The song, by Vancouver's shape-shifting Ben Rogers, deals with domestic abuse and the effect it can have on those who end up exposed to it.
The biggest mistake one could make would be taking the hyper-literal route with lines like "The first time I tripped on the front stairs/Second time was the basement door."
Instead, the video reflects the way Rogers kept things subtle on "Changed Man", which is loaded with atmospheric washes of ghostly guitar and vocals that are emotive without being melodramatic.
Berrill paints a picture that swings between warm sepia tones and cold and watery shades of blue, with the narrative leaving things up to the viewer to fill in the painful blanks.
Watch below, right to an ending that spotlights a horrible reality: sometimes the worst things adults do to their kids is lead by example.
Ben Rogers plays the Imperial on Saturday (June 22) as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival).