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Boomkat Product Review:
**Includes Limited Edition 44 Page Picture Book** Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter make their directorial debut with this bizarre sci-fi road movie. Don't expect any actual Daft Punk tunes accompanying the surreal antics of the two robot leads, instead the stark, slow moving mise en scene features a host of droning ambient accompaniments, engine sounds, bits of Brian Eno, Sebastian Tellier, Chopin, plus the odd Todd Rundgren hit thrown into the bargain. I'll avoid any spoiler material (although plot wise there's not exactly much to spoil) but in the first half of the film you can expect to see a lot of footage of the two cybernetic heroes going about their business without making a great deal of fuss. The centrepiece of the picture is a scene that's at once reminiscent of the sort of set designs of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the gooey phantasmagorical imagery of Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle. the two robots enter an odd monochromatic clinic where they undergo some kind of humanisation treatment, with latex getting poured over their shiny metal faces. One of them ends up looking like Vincent Cassel. It's pretty unsettling really. Cinematically this is a far better piece of work than anyone could have reasonably expected (especially considering this is the handiwork of a musical act on their debut feature). The film is beautifully shot and exceedingly well designed, and heck, the more emotionally receptive among you might even shed a tear here and there. In fact, it's typically French, lingering on existential themes and resolving itself with a less than cheery final act. This limited edition version features a 44 page book featuring stills from the movie.