In March 2005 Daft Punk presented their third album: Human After All, an LP that divided the public and critics considering it a much riskier and less « fun » work (via). However, this album would serve as a complement for what two years later it would be the French duo’s tour around the world Alive, a tour that combined Human After All, Discovery and Homework.
As part of the artistic creation around Human After All, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the names behind Daft Punk helmets, the duo made a full-length film titled: Electrome.
“After having directed the videos for our last album, we decided to continue working on this. We were already in the dynamic of filming, so the movie came naturally. We don’t think about it much. Whether it’s directing a music video or making a movie, we do it fast. When we have a good dynamic we don’t need to ask each other many questions »
Guy Manuel De Homem Christo (via)
As a curious fact: the protagonists were not Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, but other actors.
As part of their modus operandi, the duo did not seek the assistance of a renowned director or studio, they simply prepared it among themselves. Thomas Bangalter photographed the film and for that he prepared himself by reading more than 200 magazines from the specialized publication American Cinematographer (via).
What is Daft Punk’s Electroma about?
The film places us in a world in which only robots exist, all of them wearing Daft Punk helmets. There is no distinction. However, two of them decide to undergo a procedure to change their appearance and become « more human. » Naturally things do not turn out as expected with dramatic results.
Electroma would be something else entirely for anyone expecting a tape in the festive spirit of Daft Punk. The film is closer to the futuristic art circuits or films of the 60 / 70s. THX 1138 is one of the most mentioned titles for many, although the duo did not consider that their inspiration.
Thomas Bangalter on the set of Electroma
«There are movies that we have in our subconscious like 2001 or Jerry by Gus Van Sant, that comes to our mind when we see Electroma, but at the time of filming that did not happen to us. THX 1138 is a movie we love but we weren’t trying to remake it when we were making our movie»
Another aspect that could disappoint some fans is that the music in Electroma is not by Daft Punk, but includes folk, rock, but all of them from decades like the 70s, 60s and even some classic pieces.
The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 receiving mixed reviews but would later achieve cult status among fans. And as part of the French duo’s philosophy, the film did not get a massive release in French cinemas but was screened only on Saturdays in one of the cinemas frequented by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and as I would proudly point out In an interview for The Guardian, they had people going to see the movie at that one theater on Saturday nights.
There is a DVD produced by Vice but it is no longer in production. At the time there was the rumor of the creation of a Blu-Ray but it was denied. The movie can be purchased digitally on iTunes and the specialty music service TIDAL. Although some users on YouTube have also uploaded it.
The way Daft Punk announced their separation in February 2021 was precisely with the end of Electrome.
Sergio López Aguirre Stanley Kubrick once said « To have a broader vision, not only see good movies, but also the bad ones » obviously I listened to him in the second and it is very funny.