Saturday, April 17, 2010


France ~ 2009 ~ 80 min.
Directors: Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz ~ Producer: Jérôme Aglibert
Writers: Cédric Dupire, Noa Garcia-Kisanuki, Gaspard Kuentz
Musicians: Kirihito, L?K?O, Otomo Yoshihide, Numb & Saidrum, Sakamoto Hiromichi, Umi no Yeah!!!, Yamakawa Fuyuki, Goth-Trad, Hiko Jacon Sta

Musicians reflect the environment around them. So if Tokyo is one massive computer circuit board of subway tracks, skyscrapers, TV screens and traffic jams, teeming with half the population of Canada, then it would sound like the music in this jarring documentary. Six musicians perform in junkyards, beaches, dingy tunnels and warehouses. We see train tracks, electronics stores, garbage trucks, construction cranes, and the TV screens of Hachiko Square. Cold, precise, futuristic.

We hear avant-garde turntablism, guitar feedback that would make Thurston Moore proud, soaring techno, screaming vocals and screeching cellos. The music is both mesmerizing and abhorrent, dreamy and visceral, sublime yet ugly. Periodically, the musicians reflect at a roundtable to discuss what they do, how their countrymen are unable to find happiness in their daily lives, and worry about the decline of modern Japanese culture.

We Don’t Care About Music Anyway presents this extreme music with minimal commentary and presentation that is visual and imaginative. True, this music isn't everyone's cup of tea, and those with different tastes won't last the 80-minute running time.For others , We Don’t Care About Music Anyway is a journey to another place -- sonically. [Hot Docs schedule]

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