PAL, sound, colour
Although the videos, Orange sanguine, Loup-Loup and I Love Mikey, are not explicitly described as part of a series, the same process of conception and production inspires them all.
They are jointly signed by Serge Comte and Philippe Dorain, the latter being the tenebrous avatar and mysterious double of the former.
Illustrating Serge Comte's definition of "safe at home", the three films were made in an intimate atmosphere, with amateur means like the cam recorder.
They were made following an identical procedure: filmed from an almost fixed position with a simple and short screenplay and a misty vagueness surrounding the disguised main character.
In an interview with Bernard Joisten for Purple Prose in 1995, Serge Comte clearly explained his intention: " [They] are usually portraits with the tiniest movements of the face. I realised that [with] Orange sanguine I could dream up a spectator who didn't make any attempt to listen, but who was content simply to look at the images in a vague manner, without any concentration. On the other hand, some are conceived as the means to fulfil a desire, an urge. A person needs to posses this video. And, in the same way as he/she decides to sunbathe on the balcony or take a cold drink from the fridge, he/she plays the cassette in the video machine. It's a domestic decision." 1
Loup-Loupwas filmed in the same manner as Orange sanguine, with a fixed shot framing a face with a black velvet mask. The voice has been electronically modified.
Loup-Loupis the virtually identical counterpart of Orange sanguine, with the same sense of minimalist scene setting and the exploration of the director's intimate and phantasmagorical universe.
1. Interview with Bernard Joisten, Purple Prose, number 9, April 1995.