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A dark and twisted story about not fitting in, about finding somebody else as messed up as yourself and falling in love, but ultimately accepting that happiness is meant for other people. All these and many more meanings in the open-for-interpretation music video for Balthazar directed by Joe Vanhoutteghem.
Here’s what Joe had to say about his work, in an interview for PromoNews.
“I would prefer to have the viewers explaining the meaning of the video; it’s always fun to read those theories on YouTube. Obviously the song is about disappointment, about a broken love. The girl lost herself into temptation. And there’s no hope, only darkness. I wanted to visualize her sad side by showing the darkness.
This man finds himself alone and abandoned at night. The only way to find peace is to hit himself unconscious. He hits the light that falls and casts big shadows. In the morning light the shadows are still there, on the walls and on his body like dark stains from the night. The man escapes his house, this sad forsaken cave but he takes along the darkness wherever he goes.
Nobody tolerates sad people in this world and they happily start chasing him. He runs into a hideout where people seem to understand him. He meets the girl and the stains are gone, there is a bit of hope again. The music starts supporting that hope and suddenly the people start dancing in the same happy and uniform way. Even the band is worried now and the man gets scared. He hurries out and saves the girl from the happy mob.
The night is beautiful and he takes her back to his warm cave. They make love. In the morning he loses every hope cause she’s showing her sad side again. She got dark stains and the only way to get rid of them is to knock her out.
(Any other meaning is fine for me too)”Tags: directors from Belgium, drama, live-action, love story, social comment, violence, x-rated