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Year: 1986
Director: Laurent Boutonnat

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Cast:

Mylène Farmer (Libertine), Sophie Tellier (Libertine's Rival), Catherine Albin (), Olivier Blin (), Marc Celaries (), Cristophe Chemineau (), Véronique Danjean (), Christian Darre (), Christiane Douesnard (), Sylvie Etchemaite (), Franck Honorin (), Rambo Kowalsky (), Catherine Laurent (), Corinne Lhorphelin (), Stéphane Linard (), Maximo Luvecce (), Jean-Jacques Marnier (), Bernard Muflasz (), Gérard Nublat (), Asa Nyquist ()

Storyline:

The longest and certainly most ambitious music video Mylene Farmer created with Laurent Boutonnat, this one is a direct sequel to the video to "Libertine" (1986), which marked the first highly celebrated collaboration of the two. While that video broke new ground with its unprecedented sex and violence (specifically the full frontal nudity of the lead singer!), this is like any sequel: More of the same (well, almost, this time another girl goes full frontal), but bigger and bolder. So instead of nine minutes, this is almost twice as long, has longer dialogue scenes in the beginning and the end and features higher production values. This video looks like it took the budget of what most french art-house movies used at around the time. The results are undeniably impressive: The battle scenes at the end are fabulously staged, rather graphic and look like straight out of a feature film. The song itself, like its predecessor, is somewhat of a scandal to conservative ears, it's basically an ode to butt cheeks with the implied notion of eroticism revolving around them, either through caning (like in the video) or anal sex, as implied in the video as well. As usual, Farmer does bare her behind, too. But don't let the R-rated sex and violence scare you off, this is the most persuasive argument for music video as an art form, not merely a ploy to sell product. Like all her collaborations with Boutonnat until 1990, including "Tristana" and "Désenchantée", this is highly recommended for the way it promoted what music videos could do.

Reviews:

First of all it is absolutely amazing to see a music video that is basically shot as a film on proper film material with a huge budget. Secondly: you get to see the delightful Mylene Farmer naked. That in itself is worth watching the film. The film is basically a music video to a fairly timeless dance-floor song which has very well written lyrics in 18th century France. The images are fairly powerful and the message is amoral. Visually the film is very interesting as opposed to later videos by Mylene Farmer where she essentially uses a very Baroque or rather Rokkoko imagery to give ordinary pop songs a depth which they haven't got. It's interesting, it's sexy, it's intelligent. I have to say though that I found the sequel with its S/M images fairly disturbing.

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This is "Libertine", the music video for the song with the same name by Mylène Farmer. This one has its 30th anniversary this year and it is from the mid-1980s when Farmer was in her mid-20s. And it is certainly among her biggest hits. I can totally see why. The song is as catchy as it gets and also has some solid content I dare say. Unfortunately, as spectacular as the music video is (also at 11 minutes) for something from the 1980s, it has not aged well at all sadly. It looks very much style over substance to me by today's standards and over the top. Obviously they wanted this to be as controversial as possible with the nudity and sex scenes as social standards in terms of these aspects were entirely different then of course. The result is a pretentious piece of filmmaking that does no justice at all to the great song. Maybe listening to the record is the best choice. I still give it a thumbs-up for Farmer and the nice song. Recommended.

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