Cat Velez - 9th May 2016

London-based French producer and songwriter Sara Hezen has received this thought-provoking visual treatment for her song The Girl You Want.

Directed by Alice Seabright, it's quite the unsettling and nightmarish clip, and sees the singer on an operating table in a blacked-out room. She is vulnerable - with sealed eyes and a gaping abdomen - but more worrying still is her surgeon, who stops mid-operation for some wistful and sensuous dancing before contemplating her subject...

ALICE SEABRIGHT: 

"Hezen's song The Girl You Want is about the expectations placed on women - by others and themselves - as objects of desire. The film explores the idea of watching and being watched, and how it changes us. How we construct a self to present, and how the self behind the mask can get lost. The song and Hezen's vision immediately struck a chord with me. They had a dreamlike quality - and in fact, the video's narrative came to Hezen in a dream. The Girl You Want spoke to me without delivering any clear answers or messages. I found it beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

"My aim was to recreate this dreamlike quality in the film. I looked to David Lynch and David Cronenberg for inspiration, and created a world that felt haunting and surreal - from a fantasy, a dream or a nightmare. Crucial to achieving this, was the work of the team - in particular, Catherine Goldschmidt's beautiful cinematography, Carmen Mueck's evocative set and costume design, and Suzi Battersby's lifelike and creepy prosthetics. The performance of Martine Eisenfisz was also key. She conveyed so much sadness and emotion, whilst dancing so beautifully."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorAlice Seabright
ProducerManon Ardisson
Director of PhotographyCatherine Goldschmidt
Production designerCarmen Mueck
Costume designerCarmen Mueck
ProstheticsSuzi Battersby
1st ADConor O'Callaghan
2nd ADJoel Court
Clapper LoaderKaty Ruffy
GripMarina Alberro
GafferJunior Agyeman
SparkBen Millar Cole
SparkConnor Adam
Make-upKirri-Lorrel Badouille-Carter
Make-upKesha K South
EditorAlice Seabright
ColouristJonny Tully
OnlineJonny Tully

Cat Velez - 9th May 2016

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