quite the discovery


This year I saw 7 short ones and three feature films at the annual Rotterdam
Film Festival. One of these three films was ‘Daft Punk’s Electroma’. I can’t say
that I’m an objective viewer here (Discovery being my alltime favourite album),
but I did not expect to see this incredibly sad, beautiful fairytale. The Daft Punks
did it again, everything that’s so great about their music is all there in the
picture, the sci-fi that explains about the ‘today’, life’s bittersweetness or the
fine line between fun and failure. Also, just as on their albums D.P. uses the
exact amount of exposure of cinematic notes/beats (props, scenery, mise en
scene, camera motion, dialogue (none, since two robots needn’t really talk to
one another)) it takes to tell their story. In the case of Daft Punk this is pretty
often wrongly called ‘minimalism’. I guess sometimes there simply isn’t any
more to see or hear, and one musn’t look out for extras but focus on what is
presented exactly to them instead. The beauty and the magic is already there,
it simply isn’t believed by an audience yet. Some artists can lift audiences up
to the level that they MUST believe everything they hear and see. This is how
they pursuade us, the humble witnesses, into their universe/truth. You can
shut your senses off and have a boring time or be spiritually challenged and
suddenly find yourself in a fairytale of two robots who struggle with their
inability to become human after all.