Daft Punk’s Electroma ( G)
THE duo that is French synth outfit Daft Punk came by their name when working as a guitar band under the moniker Darlin’. Melody Maker noted at the time that the music produced by the band was little more than ‘‘ daft punk’’ and the insult stuck. May I suggest that as movie directors they swap their name to Daft Film? Daft Punk’s Electroma features two robots walking, driving, walking while melting, then dying. The critical drama of the movie revolves around the pair getting some form of synthetic human faces. A good part of the film is taken up watching these faces melt grotesquely in the sun. It would be kind and modern to suggest the plot was minimalist, less so to suggest there’s half an idea here stretched to breaking point. It was no surprise to learn that the film was an extension of Daft Punk’s decision to direct their last two music videos. They got in the mood and kept going, and they claim that they ‘‘ create without any rules or standards’’. Of course it isn’t all bad. Electroma has a visual quality that makes it hard to look away and the complete lack of dialogue, combined with little plot, creates an interesting tension. Maybe you keep watching because your mind has been trained to expect something — anything — and so you sit there as the robots drive and drive and drive, then walk and walk and walk, then die and die and die. The soundtrack, though, is good. It is not by Daft Punk.
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