The Shock of the Future
Stars: Alma Jodorowsky, Philippe Rebbot Clara Luciani
Directed by a member of hip band Nouvelle Vague, starring the granddaughter of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alma, and set in a 70s French apartment that looks like Hoxton circa now, this affectionate but undercooked picture sports an almost painfully hip pedigree. Ana (Jodorowksy) is a beautiful young musician in 1978 Paris, smitten with the new-fangled synths, and making ends meet by providing advertising jingles and incidental music, while having to deal with sexist music biz types. When a muso friend (Rebott) drops by to play her the latest imports from Throbbing Gristle and The Human League, Anna finds a whole new universe of sound opening up in her small apartment. Soon she is making music on the fly with the similarly put-upon backing singer (Luciani). The dialogue is a little too on-the-nose, particularly in one sequence where Ana muses on the future electronic music will herald and describes with uncanny accuracy the rave scene, but retro electro fans will dig the almost fetishtic depiction of the vintage synths, and the music-making scenes are bracing enough.