Music labour may be an analogue for film labour. Both involve machines interfacing, honed craft, and patience. I happen to know, however, that more than other creative pursuits, writing and rehearsing music causes particular neural gears to override basic human systems. We tap that here. But Costa is more interested simply in portraiture. Truly alluring portraiture. Yes. Portraiture married to brain rhythms.
A midnight dream that illustrates the rare points of inspiration in the creative process. The musicians channel everything from Erik Satie to the German band Can, and it's all rather hypnotic when you throw in Jeanne Balibar's smoky voice. Pedro Costa's incredible use of empty space adds a sense of mystery to the underlit black and white photography.
I loved this movie. An intimate look at the creative process photographed in exquisite black and white as if each shot were a frame extracted from the starkest of film noirs. Much of the music reminded me of Portishead or Sneaker Pimps or Stereolab with a deep jazz vibe and a touch of David Lynch reverb.
Watching a starkly lit studio session where a group of extraordinarily mellow musicians that I don't know are trying to work out a song I don't know with no other information just doesn't do it for me. Maybe I'd get something if I were a musician myself, but then I'd probably find the lighting too distracting.
Lo interesante de "Ne change rien" tiene que ver con ese cuadro disciplinado que se representa, en este caso, el de una cantante acompasando, exigiéndose y renovando una y otra vez sus lecciones. En paralelo, la cámara que registra entre la lumbre, la penunbra, los espacios cambiantes en donde se va mudando la multifacética voz. Lo que desencaja, esa forzada relación entre la dirección de canto y cine.
this is pathetic. she can't sing. she catches the rhythm so slowly, that she bores her partners. she does not write her songs and the best she can do is speak, not sing them. what the hell is she doing in music? a movie star discovers a "second vocation" and the rest of the world must cope with that.
I don't ever want this movie out of mind. Costa continues to astonish with this expressionistic document of an artist and her craft. The film is an astonishing piece of work; would that I might one day make something half as fascinating and rich as this. Savvy
Evocative and atmospheric doc about the enigmatic French chanteuse, Jeanne Balibar. Not so much a typical documentary as it is a living portrait, the film simply observes her creative process as she works on a new album. Shot in striking black and white, NE CHANGE RIEN is a haunting, soulful look at the birth of a work of art.