[video of the week] Bank Myna – Lighthouse

Parisian quartet Bank Myna illustrates ‘Lighthouse’, from the band’s debut EP released in April 2016, with a dreamlike and symbolic short movie about a father-son relationship, shot by Antoine Toulliou and produced with the help of Les Films du Chat d’Oz.

Used to long formats, the band with aerial and contrasted songs offers a captivating visual variation of its title, ‘Lighthouse’.

The eight minutes that compose it, unveil a solemn and mysterious universe alternating peaceful atmospheric drones and oppressive climbs, conducive to meditation and introspective rêverie.

Thus, the short movie’s starting point is a child’s run away beneath his father’s very eyes. Offering a resolutely modern version of the approach of a father-son relationship, it reflects the initiatory journey undertaken by both protagonists to find each other again, emphasized by the many crescendos and musical breaths of ‘Lighthouse’.

As the background story, homosexual parenting is treating in turns from the child’s point of view and from the father’s, both masterfully interpreted by amateur actors, touching by their sincerity and spontaneity.

Symbolist and dreamlike, Antoine Toulliou’s script was inspired by a real story, to which he incorporated various references that are dear to him like “The bicycle thief” (Vittorio De Sica – 1948), “Mr Nobody” (Javo Van Dormael – 2010) and more recently “Midnight Special” (Jeff Nichols – 2016). As for directing and staging, he willingly names Claire Denis or Werner Herzog.


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