Marie Losier – The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Filmmaker Marie Losier debuts her first full-length feature with a documentary on the odd and experimental nature of the relationship between iconic artist Genesis P-Orridge and the now deceased Lady Jaye.  Genesis is most known for the work in Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and the relationship with Lady Jaye is most known for its peculiar premise.  The couple romantically proclaimed the desire of physical oneness to compliment their mutual obsession with one another and subsequently began a series of multiple plastic surgeries intended to gradually make the lovers identical, a process they would name “pandrogeny.”

Losier had featured Genesis in some of her previous shorts over the years, so it is no surprise that she would elect the couple’s story as her debut feature.  Utilizing her experimental stylings, Losier decorates the story of Genesis and Lady Jaye in a whimsical and lighthearted fashion.  This comes with a handful of criticism from skeptics and fans, such as the NY Times claiming that the lovers’ story could very easily be cast in a much darker light.  Losier masterfully allows these bleaker moments to make minute appearances in the storytelling, but allows the majority of the narrative to be under the control of Genesis, who gazes back on their distorted version of love with an unexpected — and perhaps protective — innocence.  Sure, there are controversial legends of Genesis’s past that are overlooked, but there are plenty of disturbing details included.  What’s most important to consider is that the film’s central purpose is not to illustrate the couples’ shortcomings but rather to celebrate their twisted love and to explore the cerebral elements of the relationship’s extreme emotionalism.  Watching Genesis sit at a keyboard, go into somewhat of a trance, and then choke on incoming tears, it’s hard to argue that this film fell short of discovering something crucial to its thesis.

 

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