- Directed by Giorgia Brandolese & Francesco Pucci -
This music video is a depiction of Carrie, the leading character of TV series “Homeland”.
Homeland’s plot is a spy-story and action-packed love drama: Carrie is a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder who suspects a Marine Corps sniper, released by Al-Qaeda, to have befriended the enemy after years of imprisonment. A love story with the suspect unfolds, making things even more complicated for the already under-pressure woman.
This atmospheric music video is a portrait of Homeland’s lead character: a woman struggling with a mental disorder, carrying the burden of a big responsibility and having a troublesome love interest. We discover Carrie in one if her crises, in a messy house, filled with garbage and pills, experiencing high anxiety.
The close-ups and details shot from various angles, the hand-held camera, the point-of-view, and over-the-shoulder shots, put together in a fast-paced edit filled with jump cuts, succeed in transmitting the turmoil of the character. Still, the structure is in no way original, using the shooting script seen in many other low-budget music videos.
In the final scene, we get to see the subject of Carrie’s anxiousness, her love interest, that she both longs for and rejects. He might be real or just a product of her imagination.
The highly-charged music of Mataleòn keeps audiences tuned to the innervation of Carrie. The editing is neatly keeping up to the rhythm of the music. The actress manages to express her feelings of angst without overdoing it. But the story details needed more attention, there is an excessive emphasis on piles of pills, alcohol and broken papers.
Also, the set design was not carefully tackled; it looks exactly like someone tried to make space look randomly messy and it doesn’t feel like the character belongs there. With a little more care, the setting would have helped maintain a professional look of the entire piece of video work.
Altogether, the music clip shows the potential of a director that is able to make good use of the audiovisual language and techniques, but who needs to give a greater deal of consideration to detail and plot structure.