As ex­hil­a­rat­ing as its gets

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BJÖRK: BIO­PHILIA LIVE ★★★★

Di­rected by Peter Strick­land, Nick Fen­ton. Fea­tur­ing Bjork, Manu Del­gado, Matt Robert­son, Grad­uale No­bili Choir. Club, IFI, Dublin, 97 min. Opens Oct 17th

Dressed in some­thing that might have been stitched to­gether from frag­ments of The Pris­oner’s rover balls, Björk twin­kles from un­der a joke shop rainbow wig, her face cir­cled with thick blue lines. If Jean-Paul Gaultier ever gets around to do­ing a guest col­lec­tion for Claire’s, this is how we pic­ture the look book. Bio­philia Live marks the end of the Ice­landic artist’s 2013 tour. Play­ing in the round at London’s Alexan­dra Palace, she ap­pears against swirls of stars and rivers of lava, adding con­so­nants were there were none be­fore: how many Rs are in mir­a­cles, any­way? Co-direc­tors Peter Strick­land and Nick Fen­ton don’t need to add any SFX: this is a most spec­tac­u­lar bi­ol­ogy lec­ture with Pro­fes­sor B stand­ing be­fore images of fungi, starfish and DNA chains. “As the pro­tein trans­mu­tates,” she purrs. This is un­likely to change hearts and minds among those who think she sounds like a bag of cats. It is, how­ever, as vis­ually and son­i­cally ex­hil­a­rat­ing as con­cert films get.

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