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Feist: Anti-Pioneer, filmed by Martin de Thurah

Nowness:

Canadian chanteuse Leslie Feist swirls and twirls through a monochrome kaleidoscope while intoning her sultry ballad “Anti-Pioneer” in a new video by Danish director Martin de Thurah.

De Thurah’s video was shot with a tiny crew in an old building in Mexico City while the pair had a two-hour break in the middle of filming the promo for Feist’s “The Bad in Each Other,” lifted from recent LP Metals. “We had a window of opportunity to shoot something else, which never happens,” explains De Thurah. “I had thought about making something very simple, complex and emotional with Leslie alone. I found the song very intimate, and wanted the video to reflect that.” 

Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
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Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012] Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan
MK2:


Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 


To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.
Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.
That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 
[Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 
Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE
[Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012]

    Laurence Anyways (2012) by Xavier Dolan

    MK2:

    Laurence, a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. 

    To clarify: Laurence is a heterosexual man played by Melvil Poupaud who wants to become a woman. Fred, played by Suzanne Clément, is his girlfriend. Laurence Anyways is really about Laurence and Fred’s intense and impossible love — the way I saw it, the transexuality element is just a trick to add drama to that love story and make it impossible.

    Laurence Anyways is 2h40min long and I’d say there’s about 15 mins worth of beautiful but totally unnecessary shots that could have easily been edited out. Some scenes were like short music videos starring Suzanne Clément as a fashion icon: cool music, Clément moving in slow motion wearing pretty clothes matching the pretty decor… it’s all very beautiful but rather pointless.

    That being said, I totally understand why Dolan felt like glamming up Suzanne Clement so much… I too only had eyes for her: she has enormous sex appeal and acts her ass off in this. And she’s got to be the only French Canadian whose thick accent doesn’t make me laugh. 

    [Xavier Dolan is only 23 and this is his 3rd film. If that’s not impressive enough, the guy writes, directs and edits his films. He sometimes acts in them. He also designs the costumes] 

    Check out this really good interview of Xavier Dolan by Jian Ghomeshi for Q => HERE

    [Seen @ L’Acazar, Asnières-sur-Seine, 04 August 2012]

    Starbuck (2011) by Ken Scott

    Wikipedia:

    The main character David Wozniak is a perpetual adolescent who discovers that, as a sperm donor, he has fathered 533 children.

    David, a deliveryman for a butcher shop, is being pursued by thugs because he owes them money. Next, he is advised that 142 of his offspring are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of “Starbuck”, the pseudonym he used when donating sperm. In addition, his girlfriend Valérie is pregnant with his child but does not feel that he is mature enough to be a father.

    The film’s title refers to a Canadian Holstein bull who produced hundreds of thousands of progeny by artificial insemination in the 1980s and 1990s.

    The premise is farcical enough to make for a good comedy, but sadly Starbuck is not as funny as it should have been. There’s one scene in particular that infuriated me: it involved sleepwalking children and a sand box, it had great dialogue coupled with great situation comedy — that scene was packed with great comedy elements, on paper it was hilarious and sweet at the same time, and it should have been the funniest thing ever… Instead it fell flat on its ass, partly because it wasn’t choreographed properly and partly because of some terribly dull acting from Antoine Bertrand (Bertrand was bad throughout the film, which was a bit of a problem considering that he was the one delivering most of the film’s punch lines).  

    In addition of not being as funny as it could have been, the film is way too sentimental for my taste. 

    That said, Starbuck has a couple of things going for it: a warm and funny performance by Patrick Huard, who stars as David, and the fact that everyone speaks with a thick French Canadian accent (so thick in fact that some of the dialogue had to be subtitled for the French audience), which in itself is an endless source of comedy. 

    And now I’m going to say something that I thought I’d never say about any film: I’m actually looking forward to the Hollywood remake. I’m convinced they’ll do the script justice and inject some real humor in it (because they’re pros)… They’ve got Vince Vaughn in the bag for the title role and that’s already a great start. 

    [Seen @ Gaumont Opéra, Paris, 02 August 2012]

    Plants and Animals - Before

    Before

    Plants and Animals

    The End of That

    Plants and Animals - Before (Live @ Q Studios)

    This version is a live rendition of “Before” from a recent Q session with Jian Ghomeshi the band did to promote their new album, The End of That. Compared to their previous stuff, there’s definitely less “fantaisie” in the new record… Still, I quite like it. 

    You can download the album for free => HERE (link expires 24th March)

    Plants and Animals - Lightshow

    Lightshow

    Plants and Animals

    The End of That

    Download

    Plants and Animals — Lightshow

    Drummer Matthew Woodman Woodley (via Spinner):

    We took this one apart like an old clock and put the pieces back together, over and over. But it wouldn’t click. It walked funny. It was a crazy puzzle, an enigma. It was one of those Gordian Knots. Once we got that, all our worries went out the window. All love. It was a eureka moment. Now it’s a eureka moment for everybody in the world.

    Ohbijou - Niagara

    Niagara

    Ohbijou

    Metal Meets

    Ohbijou - Niagara

    In Their Words (via Spinner):

    "Niagara" is a song about devotion and determination. It’s about putting aside romantic courtesies and demanding attention: I want it, so give it to me." — Singer Casey Mecija

    Here’s a sweet indie pop band from Toronto, fronted by the Mecija sisters. This track is really lovely, it’s from their 2001 LP, Metal Meets. I remember liking their last album, Beacons, but it was a very brief encounter after which I stupidly and unintentionally erased them from my musical memory. 

    [Sidenote: a bit of a far-fetch association but I keep hearing bits of St Vincent’s The Party” in this Ohbijou track]