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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
Cast:
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.

For better quality, I strongly advise to watch the DivX version or the file on Vimeo: [link]

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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!

:peace:
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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)
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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!


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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.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thank you! All three actors are great :)
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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.
Hp
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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:
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HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
They all did great, you could actually think it was all real.
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timak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
@07:05This one is too psychodelic for me... But anyway good as always!!!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:05Thanks! It's rather conceptual than psychedelic :)
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timak Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
@07:05You better know! But good job anyway!
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HelloPiccadilly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
@07:11wow
amazing)))
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:11Thank you :)
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iDoux Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great beggining, awesome acting, great ambient music, awesome photography too, but the best thing was the feeling you that you are looking at a theater play, love it...
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, recording it on the stage gives an interesting effect IMHO.
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iDoux Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And the experience of the actors is an important fac too i think.
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FizzOHara Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@07:10Sorry if I didn't understand this story.. maybe im too rationally thinking?
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:10You don't need to be sorry :) Nobody is forced to like everything :)
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FizzOHara Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@07:10No, its not about like or not to like.

Its my obvious lack of some way of artistic thinking.

Most of your short movies are telling more than I am able to interprete...

Seems that's the result of an education mainly teaching rational concepts.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:10:hug: it's never to late too learn and appreciate, don't worry :aww:
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YPT-Love-Me-Dead Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Photographer
@03:10i love how because they dont have a verbal language, the way they interact with each other is very primitive and almost bestial. they sort of remind me of cats.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@03:10Thank you! There's something primitive indeed.
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YPT-Love-Me-Dead Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Photographer
@03:10no problem! i thoroughly enjoyed it - good work as always! c:
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calgarc Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Artist
the weirdest piece of awesome ever :D
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hehe thanks :)
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SVSilent Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
@07:26Fantastic! Very interesting concept!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thanks a lot for enjoying it, I appreciated it!
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magicdrag Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
@01:33I don´t really get it. But maybe that follows later on. Great techniques, by the way. Especially the sound:)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@01:33Thanks :)
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7oran Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
@07:26I show all yours movies to all my creative friends, with proud, of course.:)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26:hug: Thanks
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BerenSaelor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
@07:26this new work is of a quality never seen before in your works, seem to me you want to make the theatre your second profession! good work, you really told a story without words and suprised me again!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thank you!
Theatre was my first passion, before starting photo. I've played and write at an amateur level, but maybe you already know about it :)
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BerenSaelor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
in my memory their was a connection between you and theatre but only subtle. it is visible that you are not a novice in writing anymore. looks pretty professionell in my unprofessionell eyes :)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Well they are actually professional actors ;)
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Womaneko Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh c'est très intriguant ! J'aime bien. ^^

Mais est-ce qu'il s'agit d'une vraie pièce de théâtre en représentation publique à la base ? Où c'est une mise en scène et un scénario réalisés uniquement pour faire ce court métrage ?
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Merci. Ce sont deux performances chorégraphiques insérées dans nouveau scénario créé par mes soins. Ils n'ont pas joué ce "trio conjugal" en représentation (il n'y avait pas ce rapport entre eux)
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Kalisia Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
@07:26Incredible! I don't know what else I can say except you did an absolutely AMAZING job.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Thank you very much :) The actors really helped on this one for sure! :)
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Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
@07:26Assez intriguant ce film... La musique en elle-même est plutôt inquiétante, mystérieuse ^^
J'ai bien aimé les acteurs et leurs poses, bien que parfois assez osées et suggestives :p elles sont très réussies! Sinon dans son assiette?! c'est du réglisse?! ^^
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
@07:26Il y a un rapport totalement malsain entre les personnages que j'aime beaucoup.

Il mange tout simplement des pâtes à l'encre de seiche.
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Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
@07:26ah ok ^^ pas mal!

Oui c'est vrai que la nature de leur relation est mise en place tout de suite dans la pièce. Dès le premier contact, les regards...
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oyah Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Breathtaking. :iconblackheartplz:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you for enjoying it (well I know you already watch it elsewhere ;) !)

I think it's really not one of my easiest piece, but I loved to explore this direction.
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oyah Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
I'm so glad I can fave movies now. :nod:
Keep going! :thumbsup:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
:dance: Just noticed you did ;)
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