This unofficial fan video for Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” just surfaced. It’s a sampling of clips from the classic 1956 film La Ballon Rouge.
While the video isn’t flawlessly edited – the ‘black out’ sections and text leave something to be desired – the intended effect is indeed accomplished. Something about the story, and brilliant footage, in La Ballon Rouge fits beautifully together with the lyrics and textures of “Two Weeks” — I suppose there is in fact some “malaise” to the story of the boy who befriended a red balloon and (after being attacked by a gang of boys who wanted to pop the balloon) was carried away into the sky by a cluster of variously coloured balloons.
From here on out I may just pretend that the relationship to which Grizzly Bear is referencing in “Two Weeks” is in fact that of a boy and his balloon… it’s certainly a lot more pure than “adult love” will ever be.