Director Zoe Cassavetes’ narrative romp for the infectious track “Paris” by Scratch Massive casts Cécile Cassel, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac and Charles Derenne as three young friends who, fueled by red wine, pearls and lust, romantically unravel in an apartment on the Canal St. Martin. Comprised of DJs Sebastien Chenut, and Maud Geffray, Scratch Massive are known for their dark, melodic electronic music and film scores for Cassavetes (Broken English, 2007), Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball, 2005) and Yolande Zauberman (Would You Have Sex With An Arab?, 2011). For “Paris”, taken from their latest album Nuit de Rêve, they teamed up with Icelandic singer Daníel Ágúst of GusGus.
For this video, Cassavetes wanted to make “a 1970s style movie trailer” and took cues from Looking For Mr. Goodbar and American Gigolo. The film’s most prominent influence, however, is the director’s adopted hometown. “This is not the typical tourist version we see in every movie about the city,” she says. “We shot where I really feel it is my Paris.”