Historique[ modifier modifier le code ] Durant l'été , Mylène Farmer passe ses vacances dans une maison louée avec Laurent Boutonnat dans le sud de la France, à La Garde Freinet. Tandis que ce dernier travaille sur de nouvelles mélodies, la chanteuse invite la photographe Elsa Trillat , rencontrée quelques semaines plus tôt, à venir passer quelques jours avec eux. D'ailleurs, je me rappelle que je mettais tout le temps de la musique, en particulier […] Sylvie Vartan que j'aime depuis que je suis toute petite. Notamment Comme un garçon.

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À mots doux je peux le dire Sans contrefaçon Je suis un garçon Photographer Elsa Trillat explained that the lyrics were written very quickly taking somewhere between thirty minutes and two hours by poolside, using a dictionary of synonyms.

Farmer decided to change her dress style to match the song theme. In the French magazine Elle , she spotted a checkered and striped suit and asked Bertrand Le Page to wear it for the sleeve covers that illustrated the various single formats. These photos were shot in Paris by Elsa Trillat. Finally, the song was chosen to be the lead single from Farmer's second album, Ainsi soit je The song was a hit in nightclubs but did not sell very well as it was released as a vinyl record only. Lyrics and music[ edit ] 18th century transvestite Chevalier d'Eon is mentioned in the lyrics of the song.

The song's lyrics seem to be autobiographical. Indeed, in interviews, Farmer often explained that when she was younger, a lot of people thought she was a boy [5] [6] because of her androgynous look she had short hair. I never liked playing with dolls at the dinette I always preferred boys' games.

I was not a tomboy, but a failed girl. Although the song does not deal with homosexuality , it eventually became an anthem of the gay community [13] and contributed to rise Farmer to the status of gay icon. Proponents of this theory argued that the photos of the singer's childhood were modified using Photoshop , that she did not have children, that her childhood was rarely ever mentioned and there were some inconsistencies in her interviews.

This rumor was proven false and the website is now shut down. For the first time, Farmer participated in the writing of the screenplay [17] along with Boutonnat and initially wanted the shooting to take place in a concentration camp but this idea was rejected. It features Frédéric Lagache the puppeteer, who also played in the video for " Beyond My Control " and the Swiss artist Zouc who plays the woman.

Farmer explained that she had greatly appreciated Zouc's shows, which dealt with the strange and sordid themes and the world of childhood. The two women met in the programme Mon Zenith à moi and Farmer absolutely wanted Zouc to play a role in the video for "Sans contrefaçon". I " in François Hanss was Boutonnat's assistant he also directed the videos for " Je te rends ton amour ", " Innamoramento ", " Dessine-moi un mouton " and " Redonne-moi ".

Plot[ edit ] The video starts with a puppet saying "Dis maman, pourquoi je suis pas un garçon? Then it shows a man and his puppet representing Farmer who are thrown outside in the rain by two transvestites. He is kicked out of the theatre in which he performed in a show called "Sans Contrefaçon". He cleans his puppet's muddy face with utmost care and devotion and starts walking away to some desolate land.

There in the middle of the misty nowhere, he encounters a troupe of athletes who are members of a circus named "Giorgino Circus. However, a black dressed woman gives to the puppeteer a little bit of purée and he starts eating. The woman, fascinated by the doll, takes it in her arms but the other members of the circus snatch it from her and start bashing the puppet around.

Terrified, the woman tries to retrieve the doll and when she succeeds, she runs away with it. The puppeteer, afraid for the future of his beloved creature, follows her to a seashore and suddenly discovers that his puppet is alive: it has turned into Mylène Farmer, who is playing with the woman.

But when Farmer sees the puppeteer, she is terrified and attempts to run away. The man pursues her and manages to reach her when she falls on the sandy ground.

He lifts her up, wipes her face clean, hugs her and they share a kiss. After a while, as the black-clad woman from the circus grows grim at the sight of these proceedings, Farmer turns into the puppet again, much to the chagrin of the man who is unhappy and desperate, while the circus goes away. He yells and pleads for help but all in vain.

The closing sequence of the video is a dream-like vision of the puppeteer who is squatting and hugging his darling, who is once again alive. Reception and symbolism[ edit ] This video was nominated in the category 'Best videoclip' in the Victoires de la Musique , but did not win.

Interviewed in the show Nulle Part Ailleurs, broadcast on 23 November , Farmer said she was surprised by the song's success, saying "I think it's the 7" that started the fastest. The public says "yes" gradually and more and more strongly. Indeed, the man, as a possessive mother, has an exclusive love for his puppet. But the arrival of a third party allows it to take life, "to be born from a psychological point of view".

He thinks the video is "the most moving films by Boutonnat, a masterpiece of pessimism and misanthropy , because ultimately, all the protagonists lose".

Sometimes, she was also interviewed and, on certain shows, she performed another hit. Farmer almost always wore male clothes with black and white checks and a cap the same costume as she wore during her tour. In , she promoted the song on Swedish and Italian programmes, on 28 April and 13 July. The song is the one that is included most often on the singer's various compilations and live albums.

In the tour , Farmer wears a black and white checked trousers, a cap with the same patterns, and a jacket. First, she performs a choreography moving her hips, then she is joined by all dancers. Dancers come in holding hands and start a choreography during which they mime a street brawl.

The projectors are of the same colors as the dancers' wigs. During the concerts at Bercy , Farmer is dressed with black feathers and had a big hat. The giant screens and the central cross display signs "masculine-feminine" that move in all directions and form somewhat like a hopscotch game. She performs the same collective choreography as on the previous tours. Critical reception[ edit ] The song was generally well received by critics of contemporary music. For example, Music Foto declared that "Mylène hits just and strong once more and more.

From the first half second of listening, the chorus It debuted at number 21, reached the top ten four weeks later and remained inside for a total of ten weeks. On 20 February, it peaked at number two for a sole week, being unable to dislodge Sabrina Salerno 's " Boys Summertime Love " which was number one then. The song also remains Farmer's third biggest hit, behind " Désenchantée " and " Pourvu qu'elles soient douces ".

In , the song also featured on the German Singles Chart where it reached number 46 and remained on the chart for twelve weeks. Cover versions and soundtrack use[ edit ] The song has been covered by many artists, including Patricia in with a dance version entitled "Listen to Your Heart" and recorded in English , [38] Lorie in as second track on her single " À 20 ans ", [38] [39] French rock band Armens in for their live album Sans contrefaçon - Le Live track 1, and released as a single, [38] [40] Mr Popicide in , [38] [41] many contestants of the show Star Academy , including Anne-Laure Sitbon , Élodie Frégé , and Giovanni , Belgian Star Academy these versions were not released as a single, but were only performed on TV , [38] and Julie Zenatti in on French radio Generation Scoop in an acoustic version.

The song is played at the beginning of the film as well as during the final credits. Formats and track listings[ edit ] These are the formats and track listings of single releases of "Sans contrefaçon": [46] 7" single - France, Canada.


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