In the two decades starting in the 1980s, Laurent Boutonnat
produced a series of atmospheric pop videos for Mylène Farmer
, the chart-topping "French Madonna" who is little known outside the Europop circuit.
Produced to high-budget cinematic-quality standards, and often featuring provocative religious and sexual themes, they include: Désenchantée
), Farmer's signature song - a bleak metaphor for the disenchantment of the times - in which a messianic figure leads an escape from a gulag; Tristana
), a retelling of the Snow White story against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution; L'Âme-stram-gram
), which borrows the visual style of Chinese martial arts films; Dégénération
NSFW), in which an alien woman (shades of Fifth Element
) escapes from a laboratory using erotic mind control powers; Libertine
NSFW), a historical erotic drama inspired by Kubricks' Barry Lyndon
and the works of de Sade; its sequel Pourvu qu'elles soient douces
NSFW), a dark drama of lust and revenge set against a battle in the Seven Years' War; and Sans contrefaçon
), the sad tale, inspired by Pinocchio
and Apollinaire, of a ventriloquist whose dummy comes to life - but not for him.