Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Olivier Martin "Dans l'herbe" (Ignatus)

In 1977 a best selling book in the UK was The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, originally written in 1906 by Edith Holden. This is not a recommendation because I've no intention of reading the thing but it is brought to mind with the second music video short listed for Annecy, Dans l'herbe. Directed by Olivier Martin for Ignatus the same format of a beautifully illustrated country diary that comes alive, not in words but delicately animated flora and fauna. I'm sure the lady of the last century fertilised her garden though perhaps - I am guessing here - not in the same liberated, decidedly rustic, fashion of the young man who leaves the city for the rural life. The English title is In the Grass, not the title used liberally on the Internet that, in fact, belongs to the refrain. It is a humorous song and video. The young man has a series of natural countryside pursuits, hinted at with references to guitar, beer, girls and watering the grass. I would guess the young chap had little time for pressing petals between the leaves of his adolescent diary. Despite this the herbs are delicately sketched and animated, delicately phrased too, French being such a mellifluous language. That refrain, so memorable and apt.

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