Mylène Farmer 2019: Le Film (2019)

Due to downright Draconian anti-piracy methods, it’s hard to get your hands on this live performance, but if you can, do so now. Over the years, the French superstar has had some of the most impressive live shows I’ve ever seen, and here she still manages to outdo herself: The stage itseslf is a mammoth beast of a platform worthy of latter-day Madonna concerts, with moving pieces that recall the Queen of Pop’s innovative “MDNA World Tour” in 2012 and video inserts that call to mind her 2015 “Rebel Heart Tour,” yet Farmer delivers a show that couldn’t be more distinct than Madonna’s if it tried. Where Madonna delights in deliriously entertaining, over-the-top spectacles, Farmer instead has a relaxed energy throughout her show that has a transfixing effect on the viewer (and her live audience, who are clearly enthralled with her). Every little movement of her’s is maximized by her deliberate, economical dancing style, while her live singing is consistent and powerful despite her admittedly limited range. The costumes (by Jean-Paul Gaultier, natch) are stunning and inventive, and while the concert is filled with songs from Farmer’s latest albums, it’s also packed to the gills with some of her signature hits from her four-decade-long career. It’s hard to recommend the show as forcefully as I would like because I don’t want to risk spoiling its surprises and outstanding moments for any of my readers who may end up watching this, but trust me: It’s totally worth it, and you don’t need to speak or understand French to appreciate it.

Note: After searching for a physical copy and a digital download for over a year, I ended up having to buy the DVD from France… as well as a region-free DVD player to watch it. So, it’s a bit of a pricey excursion, but super worth it. Happy hunting!

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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