The video for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new single “Heaven Can Wait,” with duet partner/producer Beck, shows that the French singer/actress might be nursing some surrealist scars from her lead role in Lars Von Trier’s latest film, Antichrist.
Nothing in this clip smacks of the dizzying, disturbing sexual violence in that controversial work, but it is full of cheeky visual non sequiturs that take you to that slow-motion “I just drank a bottle of cough syrup” world. The song itself is a low-key, Sunday afternoon pop song, not unlike Kill the Moonlight-era Spoon, but with more of a hangover:
Alt iconolast Beck keeps Charlotte company throughout the video and shows off a new clean-cut look: he is finally the kind of indie weirdo you can bring home to mom. The two of them meander through a world of slo-mo tennis/target practice, sleepovers, swimming pools and shotguns, mouthing lyrics about “trying to drive that escalator into the ground.” They even encounter a spaceman with a pancake-stack head, clearly a regular customer at the Intergalactic House of Pancakes.
What do you think, readers—is it good Maya Deren-esque fun? Or is its weirdness a little too contrived?
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