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Mylène Farmer: California (1996)

Farmer appears in the movie in two images: as a woman of high society, and as a street prostitute. The partner of the singer in the video was an American TV actor Giancarlo Esposito, who ... See full summary »

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Mylène Farmer ... Rich Woman / Prostitute
Giancarlo Esposito ... Rich Man / Pimp
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Farmer appears in the movie in two images: as a woman of high society, and as a street prostitute. The partner of the singer in the video was an American TV actor Giancarlo Esposito, who also played two roles:a lover and a pimp. Prostitutes, appearing in the video - not an actress, but the real representatives of their profession. Milen admitted that she fell in love with this role. Abel Ferrara recalled that Farmer later thanked him for his professional work. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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18 March 1996 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Abel Ferrara has gained more respect from me on this one. BRAVVOO!
18 October 2003 | by deadperson5See all my reviews

This is one of the most impressive music videos I've ever seen. It is absolutely excellent, and it reminded me of many films I've seen ( and loved) that were directed by Lynch, Egoyan as well as Ferrara's quite good gangster thriller "King Of New York". The absolutely stunning French solo artist Mylene Farmer is on top of her form as BOTH a singer and an actress. In this beautiful yet realistic picture she is portrayed as a rich woman turned hooker, who goes to California to earn her living. There is a lot of intelligent aspect in this excellent music video and it is directed in such a way that you would be able to both get erotically intrigued by Farmer's character AND be able to sympathize with her simultaneously. Very much like with Isabella Rosselini from David Lynch's brilliant "Blue Velvet".

As for the song, well, in my opinion, it is the best song to deal with a topic of prostitution ever. There's probably none other like it. Mylene Farmer has a TRULY impressive voice that will take you to a new dimension. She is quite probably the greatest French female solo artist of the last 20 years. I love her and you would as well if you've got good taste in music.

As to Mr Ferrara, I apologise if you've read my previous posts that give you sanctions. I've changed my mind. With this excellent video ( though I kind of don't want to compare it to your MOVIES, as they're just different THINGS), you gained more respect from myself. Plus, I'm now more interested in most of your works. Well Done!


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