The Gondry brothers on Las Vegas and falling in love in 8.2 seconds

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We’re all feeling it – in a sprawling vortex of content it’s increasingly difficult to focus on one thing. Even when we watch Netflix we’re scrolling Instagram and in a bloated platform era, our attention spans are reducing; in fact studies say human beings can only concentrate for a meagre eight seconds, one second less than that of a goldfish. One thing that goldfish aren’t capable of is love (we think), and research also shows that it takes just 8.2 seconds to fall in love. While our focus might be diminishing, our primal instinct for passion isn’t going anywhere.

In response to these findings, Michel and Olivier Gondry have shot a series of incredibly short films (yes, 8 seconds long) called Las Vegas Love Stories, all shot in the Park MGM, Paradise, Nevada. The surreal shorts pay tribute to the magical feeling of falling in love, snapshots of different couples in different romantic situations.

In anticipation of the six films being released, we caught up with the Gondry brothers to ask them about love, the impact of technology on our brains, and what they’d do if they only had 8.2 seconds left on Earth. 

Do you think that in your life you’ve ever fallen in love within 8.2 seconds? If so, can you describe it?

Olivier Gondry: I definitely projected myself in a whole life of love in the first 8 seconds of seeing someone. Many times. Actually fallen in love? No. 

Michel Gondry: I fall in love every 8.2 seconds. It’s very complicated.

Do you think that Joel and Clementine fell in love within 8.2 seconds, on that train?

Michel Gondry: They are in love already, but they don’t know it because they erased each other from their minds.

“Melancholy comes after love is finished and it grows and grows. Melancholy shines light on the love we didn’t know was there” – Michel Gondry

While the films are about love – the most magical feeling we are capable of – there is a sadness to some of them, the music lends them an air of melancholy. Was this deliberate? Is love, in and of itself, sad?

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