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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye2011

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  • 3.9
"We wanted to cut a hole in reality," states cult musician/performer/theorist Genesis P-Orridge in this surprisingly tender portrait of love, art and transformation that, like its subjects, cuts a hole in the dreary fabric of reality and turns traditional documentary into the most gorgeously romantic fantasy. Once infamous for influential bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, P-Orridge embarked on a far more personal (and even more challenging) project in the past decade: to become "one" with partner Lady Jaye. Treating the body as the ultimate canvas, P-Orridge and Lady Jaye used plastic surgery (breast implants, lip plumping and facial reconstruction) to mirror their physical appearance, thereby creating a "pandrogynous being" symbolizing an ultimate union-of-self. Ostensibly a ballad to this boundary-pushing couple’s love, Marie Losier’s moving film, interspersed with songs, bizarre costumes and imaginative set designs, is also a tribute to the power of art and creativity to create new, stranger, more liberating worlds out of the drab ones that surround and constrain us. Cut a hole in reality, indeed. - Jason Sanders

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"Rarely do films offer such intimate insights into the inner workings of a true artist." - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle


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This is especially interesting in '15 as transgender issues are now being discussed more openly. This is a doc about a musician and artist who meet and have a beautiful love affair, through which they redefine or obliterate traditional ideas of what is male/ female/ even what "gendered" is, and collaborate on a beautiful life together -- while it lasts.

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Predictable and pretentious trash.

1 member likes this review

This is especially interesting in '15 as transgender issues are now being discussed more openly. This is a doc about a musician and artist who meet and have a beautiful love affair, through which they redefine or obliterate traditional ideas of what is male/ female/ even what "gendered" is, and collaborate on a beautiful life together -- while it lasts.

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If you're into Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Genesis P-orridge then you should watch this.

Throbbing Gristle changed my life when I discovered them in high school. Since then I followed Genesis P-Orridge and his work with other projects. I remember when Lady Jaye came into view and I had found the pandrogeny project interesting. I actually got my Fandor subscription so I could finally see this specific doc and I actually wasn't able to make it all the way through. I found it tedious and pretentious as well as short on actual story but long on Genesis trying to remind the world that he's incredibly strange and out there with his art and world view. I was only half way through when I checked to see how much was left but it felt like I'd been watching for at least an hour. Maybe in the hands of a different writer/director who isn't focused on experimental filmmaking it could have been more engaging. It's a story that I think needs to be told, and in today's changing views of gender and sexuality it is ready to be heard, but this definitely didn't do it any justice.

Oh well good for Gen,

crazy and haunting. some tedious moments but an overall, almost neo-mystical sensibility/sexuality lends an unexpected loveliness to the afterglow.

Fascinating

... sad movie, yeah ... i liked it for that.

Cool alternative documentary… powerful, unexpected ending.

Genesis P-Orridge. EVOLUTIONIST