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.
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?