A film crew crisscrosses England trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a record released 30 years earlier, “Spirit of Eden”, that defined the passage from light to shadow of its makers, the band Talk Talk and its lead singer Mark Hollis. From overwhelming obstacles to unpredictable encounters, their journey soon turns into an organic quest. With silence as a horizon line. And punk as a philosophy, thinking that music is accessible to all and that the human spirit is above the technique.
A fan of the now-disbanded Talk Talk, Gwenaël Breës takes his film crew to England to find out more about its very charismatic and enigmatic lead singer Mark Hollis. A lead singer so mysterious that, with a lot of innocence and a hefty dose of inventiveness, the filmmaker has to insinuate himself into the long and illustrious lineage of the impossible film, that perilous genre in which the sought-after artist is always on the run. And it’s with desperate energy that this film journal weaves together documentary and fiction, face-to-face, burlesque and deliberately unspectacular. A documentary in which the director manages to capture the essence of the legendary “Spirit of Eden” (1988), the pioneering post-rock album.
Co-programmer for the Musical écran Festival