Les Rivières Pourpres is title track of the eponymous French thriller known in English parts of the world as The Crimson Rivers. Based on a novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé (The Stone Council) and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (Babylon A.D.), the film is amazing, a perfect blend of action, intrigue, suspense and visual style. I could seriously watch the the film several times in a row and this is no small part due to Bruno Coulais’ wonderful score. The visuals of the above video are pretty dumb and useless, but hey it’s the sound that counts.
XY is the latest music video fom French rapper Kery James. What’s so special about it then? Simply that it was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, director of such films as Gothika, the underrated Babylon A.D., and several French movies.
Costing around 88000 dollars, the video shows two guys burning a body in the forest, and through backwards storytelling explains how they got there. As for the song, it pretty much says what’s happening on screen.
I wasn’t convinced at first but then felt that the video grew more and more effective as it went on. I still don’t think it’s great, but mostly because I don’t really like the song and I still prefer that awesome Levi’s Onion Peel commercial in terms of backwards storytelling. But what do you think of this music video?
Fun Fact: Kery James apparently drew inspiration from films such as 21 Grams and Crash when writing the song
I saw Babylon A.D. today, and while I won’t write a full review of it at this time, I do have a few things I want to say. Babylon A.D. has been a pet project for acclaimed French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) for many years, with him being a huge fan of Maurice Georges Dantec’s source novel Babylon Babies. The film had a very troubled shoot and was delayed from its original release date in early 2008. Ultimately, most people had already dismissed the film before it was released, and the final nail in its coffin was when both Kassovitz and lead actor Vin Diesel (Find Me Guilty) trashed the film before its American release. Here’s the catch though: they were talking about the Fox version of the film.
Yes, there are two versions of Babylon A.D., one which runs 90 minutes and is distributed by 20th Century-Fox in the US, Canada, UK and some other countries, and another by Studio Canal, which doesn’t mention Fox at all and lasts 11 minutes more. Now this doesn’t mean that Fox simply cut out 11 minutes from the film and released it…they actually cut out much more, and replaced it with footage that isn’t in the longer version. I haven’t seen the Fox version, but I’ve read about it and can thus tell you that Fox basically removed significant parts of plot development and replaced them with action scenes that are completely absent from the Studio Canal version… Fox changed the beginning, Fox changed the ending, Fox changed the dialogues, Fox changed everything.