I absolutely adore Stromae. Even though my French is rather bad, I enjoy listening to his songs and I like finding out what he sings about and how clever his lyrics are. He is a unique artist who knows how to impress and make you think at the same time, while you are dancing your own worries away.
He has recently released a new video for his song called Quand C’est. I watched it and I was amazed. The song, as the subtitles give away, is about cancer. A horrible disease which destroys everything it touches. I have known people way too young to die, who succumbed to cancer. I see it now, up close, and see how it does not only destroy a body, but also destroys a mind. An awful illness.
Stromae’s video reminded me slightly of an even more mature version of the film Coraline. The hands are similar to those in the film, although this is not necessarily a dark fairy tale. This is life. And it will not go away if we close our eyes.
Watch the video. I wonder if you will be as speechless as I was.