The French duo has built its career with robotic determination, but there are two humans behind it all. We peel off the mask from the electronic couple, and trace their rise from Darlin’ (first band) to (semi-anonymous) world mega-stardom. Pharrell Williams, Skrillex, Kanye West and Michel Gondry applaud their stamina, vision and passion.
The French duo has built its career with robotic determination, but two humans crouch behind the disguise. There is good news and bad news: the bad is that they don't take off their masks; the good news is that we see their world up-close, from the first seed (in fact, without masks!) to the podium of world domination. You've surely never heard them talk about their first group, Darlin', who, in 1992 was defined by Melody Maker as "dafty punk thrash", making history in a pair of ill-applied adjectives. This documentary traces their storming rise from that moment forth: through old clips, interviews and declarations by admirers of collaborators Pharrell Williams, Skrillez, Kanye West and Michel Gondry. The truth unmasked harnessed all the elements: enigma self-determination, steady headway and the shackles of success. We applaud their perseverance, vision and passion. We dance to the most spectacular string of global hits of the 20th century, the closest thing to a global hymn that ever existed. Not bad going for a pair of robots.
Photo 1: © DJ Falcon
Photo 2: © Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Photo 3: © Philippe Lévy
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