David Knight - 12th Nov 2019

French actor Felix Maritaud plays a man attempting to maintain his self-control in a succession of extraordinary situations, in Nathalie Canguilhem's extravagantly imaginative video for French producer SebastiAn.

From a village composed entirely of tiny castles, or churches, populated by hooded monks, and an endless Seuss-like keyboard - played by SebastiAn himself - to a successsion of ever-smaller doorways and a platoon of girl dancers on crucifixes on a beach, Maritaud's epic journey is a series of challenges. Whatever the distraction, temptation, or threat to his physical wellbeing, he is trying to keep an even keel - reflecting the lyrics sung by Bakar on SebastiAn's track Sober. 

Ultimately Maritaud is surrounded by his challenges and choices - encircled by the monks in a colliseum-like exterior; confronted by numerous doorways within a building. Canguilhem turns these interlinking scenes into a cohesive whole - a surreal dreamscape that feels authentic. In this world, even the more extraordinary settings look defiantly real.

In fact, much of it is real. The village of castles is situated in Turkey, where much of the exteriors for the video were shot. The rest was filmed in Kiev.

Like her video for Travis Scott's Can't Say earlier this year, this is a collaboration with Saint Laurent, and the subdued tones of blue and grey that predominate throughout the piece are the unmistakeable colours of YSL's classic Rive Gauche perfume brand. In the video, no more obvious branding is required.  

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorNathalie Canguilhem
ProducerThéo Gall
ProducerJules de Chateleux
Production CompanySaint Lauren
Service CompanyPeriferi Film
Service CompanyFamily Productions
Line ProducerLéa Villain Barachet
Director of PhotographyPaul Özgür
EditorMarc Gurung
VFXAnthony Lestremau
VFXAlexis Baillia

David Knight - 12th Nov 2019

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