Video: Julieta Venegas - "Bien o Mal"


House favorite Julieta Venegas is responsible for one of the few current great songs circulating in FM radio, and now one truly mesmerizing video for Otra Cosa’s first single “Bien o Mal.” Mesmerizing for its colossal beauty, reminiscent of Sokurov’s Russian Ark and to a lesser extent, Haas’ Angels and Insects. The clip is directed by Agustin Alberdi, a young director who’s already putting a signature to its creations. He was the director of Babasonicos’ “Pijamas” and “Microdancing”, and if you’ve seen any of them you’ll recognize his touch for craft and his unusual yet intelligent approach to humor; in an almost pastiche scope which pretty much substantiates and embraces the farting butterflies in this video as means of landscape flourishing. Music video is not my favorite audiovisual format, in fact, most of the time I suffer (and over-analyze everything) but for a cinephile music fan, videos as complex as "Bien o Mal" are also beautiful challenges.

Judging from the premise “Chicas Extranas, Pueden Casarse, Tener Hijos, Ser Felices?” and the images themselves, it seems like we’re submerged some kind of paradise where women are doing just fine without men. Although there is representation of the male figure, present with a hipster dude who stands behind the beautiful women and dances chaotically, meaning he is no treat. In this sense, the video bounds on male spectatorship. Offering Julieta’s ownership, a sword and a throne to Facebook's ‘Like’ button. But despite the conditions and romanticized world, we don’t really see smiles until the end, outside that paradise and with a bouncing fragmented screen (and a male voice behind that camera). It’s as if she was negotiating love, in its inter-war and confusing butterfly-stomach state, two different universes, equally confusing... “me gusta encontrar que exista en la vida esta posibilidad, de que todo se de vuelta, cuando no esperaba ya novedad.”

10 comments :

Rackve said...

Me gusto mucho el video, y la canciòn esta buena tambien. Creo estoy loco, pero con ritmo ranchero tambien quedarìa.

Y si recuerda mucho de Arca Rusa de Sokurov

Andrew Casillas said...

Wow, Carlos. That's some beautiful analysis there.

FalsaBaiana said...

Great analysis! What do you think of the presence of death at the table in the beginning with the calavera and cempazuchitls?

Jean-Stephane Beriot said...

really really good, now, Carlinhos you're reviews are a lot of times better than the actual content haha, seriously... but just like you're theory on "Bestia", this video could totally be like you explain, but even if your input wasn't the video's intentions, this clip is so beautiful!

the video is so short though!
can't wait for the album

Chiks Rule ! said...

beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Talk about going overboard on regurgitating whatever your second rate film school is teaching you. Your reviews get progressively (and unnecessarily) pretentious, almost invalidating any truly valid points you may have to contribute.

Carlos Reyes said...

thanks hehe, but I don't attend film school!

Andrew M. said...

Not sure where I am on Julieta Venegas' new album. I think the song is not as good as many of her songs and will not It's not going to be one of her classics. Venegas has so many great songs that it's tough to criticize her for one that's not as good in my opinion. I'm a little surprised how much it sounds like Limon/Sal.

Actualidades said...

Me encantó tu análisis del video. Yo también he hecho uno que gustaría que leyeras. Aquí está:

La femininidad en 'Bien o mal'

Si tienes un momento, te pido tu opinión. ¡Gracias!

juan Data said...

good thing they added a bunch of pretty girls in the video because I can't stand looking at Julieta's ugly-ass face. Her eyebrows give me the creeps.

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