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It Came From My Archives…The Water, Chapter One

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. From the Current_Movies Blog.

We kind of have an obsessive crush when it comes to all things related to a Ms. Leslie Feist–it started with her appearance on Seasme Street–and it only continues now that she is the subject of a 15-minute(!!?!) short film based off her song The Water. In it, she comes back as a frozen water mummy to spend fleeting moments with her husband (David Fox) and son (Cillian Murphy).

Sure, it’s directed by Kevin Drew (you know, Broken Social Scene?) and featured on Pitchfork, but this short film harkens back to the days of epic music videos that managed to create a sense of story and plot rather than just being a three-minute ode to Pepsi placement and an excuse to bring Serra Paylin back to the screen. Loosely, the father and son drag a body from a frozen lake, only to reveal it’s in fact Feist! Then comes a lot of gazing across landscapes, wistful smoking and wearing those tiny jackets that can’t really keep people warm but they get worn anyway.

That said–we can appreciate the bleakness of the Canadian woods or whatever, but 10 minutes is a long time to be watching this and expecting a Feist song. So clearly we’re about to watch it again–this time the shorter 5 min version. But you should watch the full-length version at Pitchfork, which is only up for one week.

[via Vulture, Stereogum]


Written by john lichman

September 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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