Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (known as Para One as DJ) unveils a hybrid and mesmerizing debut feature, under the intriguing title “Specter: Sanity, Madness & the Family”. To discover at the cinema this Wednesday.
What is it about ?
Jean, the youngest of a large family, grew up in a community under the influence of Chris, a spiritual guide. After receiving a tape from his sister who lives in recluse, he rediscovers voices and sounds from his past. Memories begin to emerge and Jean decides to follow in Chris’ footsteps, on a journey that will take him to Japan, Indonesia and Bulgaria. During this quest, he will discover his father’s secret, years after his death.
Specter: Sanity, Madness & the Family, by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier. Cinema release October 20, 2021.
Like the music of the film which mixes influences and origins, Specter: Sanity, Madness & The Family mixes several genres. Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, trained filmmaker (DJ and composer, known under the name of Para One) scrambles the tracks and deliberately sows confusion, in order to get us off certain marked paths. Is this film a documentary, a fantasy documentary, an auto-fiction, a pure fiction?
The result is a UFO film, fed both on real archives, and on footage created from scratch for the film. This true-false documentary is based on a personal quest, with the discovery of a mystery, thus borrowing from the codes of the thriller. In this documentary, hybrid and very intimate approach, we think of Eric Caravaca’s very successful film, Carré 35.
Under the influence of Chris Marker
The notable difference of Specter is its impressive work on matter or textures, merging the sequences, melting the music and the voice-over in this large hypnotic ensemble. Specter is, moreover, a fascinating mise en abyme of the work of creation. The filmmaker notably cites Jonas Mekas or Chris Marker in his influences as an artist, and this is greatly felt in the film. Specter also seems to be a direct echo of a line of text from Chris Marker’s La Jetée: “She simply welcomes him. She calls him her specter. “
In the cinema, Specter will be preceded by the short film Dustin by Naïla Guiguet, two complementary films and both imagined by filmmakers-musicians or musicians-filmmakers, Naïla Guiguet, being like Para One, both DJ and filmmaker. The two films also come together because both raise, in their own way, the question of identity. But we will not say more on this point in order to keep the surprise of the discovery of these two films.
A trilogy with music, film and Live
This film by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, better known by his musician name, Para One, is part of a trilogy, bringing together an album (already released), this feature film, and a tour that has just started. Remember that Para One is also the composer of Céline Sciamma’s films, including Petite Maman which will be released on DVD / Blu-ray in November.
Clip: Para One – SPECTER: Sundial