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A reflection on power and sensuality, Paragenèse explores the body-language and relationships of three linked characters in an enigmatic universe where verbal communication does not exist. The strong movements, staged performance, and lights add to the oddity and poetry of their mysterious - and harsh - world.

Direction, film and music by Jean-Sébastien Monzani
The Queen: Claire Deutsch
The King: Vincent Brayer
The Valet: Adrien Barazzone

Camera 2: Sébastien Monachon
Assistant: Jonas Fornerod

Choreographies adapted from two earlier live performances of the actors.

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ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@07:26This was interesting!
Nicely choreographed, amazing actors, and a cool concept.
I thought that after the valet came in and started (for lack of a better phrase) fooling around with the queen, the king got jealous and sort of disfigured the valet with that black gack-like putty. Of course, when he admonished his queen, she fought back in defense of herself. But in the end the king and queen end up blind and faceless, just like everyone else under their status that goes by unnoticed and uncared for.
It kind of reminded me of King Henry VIII and Katherine Howard and how he killed her lover and then her after he found out she was cheating on him.
Sheesh! Another long comment from me! Why do you have to be so brilliant? It's making me think and interpret, darn you! :D
Anyway, great work!

jsmonzani Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thank you very much for enjoying it :)
I can't take full-credit on it: I was greatly helped by the actors on this one. Choreographies are adapted from two earlier live performances of the actors, one directed by a great choreographer (actually, I've updated my description to write this, as I forgot to do it on DA)
ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@07:26Ah, I see... ;)
Well, you did a good job on picking actors, then. :D They did their job beautifully!

EternalGeek Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
@07:26I love the interaction between these three characters. You can see passion, jealousy, anger, sadness, and loneliness, but never happiness. A very powerful piece.
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thank you! All three actors are great :)
HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
@07:26Trying to make my own interpretation as I go along her we go:
A monarch, a king, drunk and fat and young no more, yet still a force to be reckoned with. Lust and hunger are what drive him, give him a purpose. Whether he lusts for food and is hungry for woman is debatable. His wife she may be, but love is long gone if there was some from the start. The younger man, serves the king, under his command, yet hating him with every breath. As the woman goes to serve him with food, the king clings to her, as long as he can, but his last for food is greater, or she more determined. He and the young man lock eyes, like a battle greater than one with swords. The king knows the young man fancies the queen, or has maybe even tried before to win her heart, she refusing not out of feeling, she loves him, but of inconvenience. The young man knows the king knows. The young man no longer fears the king, the battle is already his and he takes his love, she no longer refusing or afraid. The king knows he has lost, not only the battle not only power, but love he had not appreciated before. He is left with the food only, food he no longer finds appetizing. The viewer actually feels sorry for him, his forlorn look as his love is taken away, watching her lover sweeping her off her feet in front of him, the food tasting like ash in his mouth, chewing it without the slightest fascination. At last, after the lovemaking is done, the king has seen enough, gaining his past power with him, ready for a full on confrontation from someone who has once served him but now only an enemy. Winning the battle, by transferring his own black greed into the enemy getting rid of his burden and at the same time disposing of another and gaining a stronger power, confidence. Then he confronts his queen, a wife he thought he loved, first with a Caresse, she as well and then they both turn into fighting enemies, for her betrayal, he conquering her, then she him, then a seemingly endless struggle, each tearing the other piece by piece. And in the end, they are both empty, faceless, no more.
Loved this, everything about it, camera, direction, story and acting and music. Perfect. A storyteller with no words you are.
Masterpiece after another.
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thank you :aww: I've got the exact same interpretation.
I really have to thank deeply my actors on this one :nod:
HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
They all did great, you could actually think it was all real.
timak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
@07:05This one is too psychodelic for me... But anyway good as always!!!
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:05Thanks! It's rather conceptual than psychedelic :)
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