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Norway’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

May 20, 2015

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Mørland & Debrah Scarlett “A Monster Like Me”

In their promotional film, the Norwegians are offering us Gosford Park as directed by David Lynch.

Cold, robotic dinner guests descend into a food fight with what looks like an icy kind of logic.  Don’t watch it just before you go to bed, because you won’t sleep.  Ever again.

Nordic Noir is an odd phenomenon that I’m just getting around to think about.  Who would have thought that Scandinavia,  a part of the world that has the highest life expectancy and the lowest incidence of violent death on the planet could provoke so many mature and disturbing dramatisations of all that is most dark and destructive in human nature?

Ask Strindberg I suppose.  Ask Munch.

The latitude must have an impact.  When it’s far too bright for half the year and far too dark for the other half, a kind of fascination with duality and extremes seems logical.  Certainly Mørland & Debrah Scarlett take a kind of regional pride in offering a narrative with no closure and no redemption.  Mørland’s dreadful and unspecified crime is partially confessed and wholly unforgiven.  Truth brings no redemption and the dead doll eyes of Debrah Scarlett reflect nothing and reveal nothing other than the fact that every human being is incomprehensible to each every other human being and love is a sham.

Who wouldn’t vote for this?

I would.  I’d vote for this bleak northern existential surreality ahead of every bland “life affirming” chant ever devised.  It’s this kind of bracing determination to stare horror in the face that gives me hope for the future.

One good thing about the Eurovision website is that you can actually look up the lyrics of these songs.  And this song reads better in French.

Chérie, je te dis la vérité
J’ai fait quelque chose d’horrible dans ma première jeunesse
Ma tête s’est vidée, j’ai perdu le contrôle
Je n’étais qu’un petit garçon, je ne savais pas

Mieux vaut te laisser partir …

Pour trouver le prince que tu croyais avoir trouvé en moi
Mieux vaut te libérer et t’abandonner
Te dire adieu d’un simple salut et te laisser vivre
Sans un monstre comme moi

Chéri, que suis-je pour toi?
Maintenant que j’ai dévoilé cette horrible vérité
Oh, serre-moi dans tes bras, car je brûle
Chante-moi quelque chose de beau, fais que ça s’arrête

Mieux vaut te laisser partir …

Pour trouver le prince que tu croyais avoir trouvé en moi
Mieux vaut te libérer et t’abandonner
Te dire adieu d’un simple salut et te laisser vivre
Sans un monstre comme moi

 

But if you fancy watching something jollier.  Or probably jollier…. then browse from the list below.

Montenegro’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/montenegros-2015-eurovision-entry/

Malta’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/maltas-2015-eurovision-entry/

Lithuania’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/lithuanias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Latvia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/latvias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Israel’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/israels-2015-eurovision-entry/

Ireland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/irelands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Iceland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/icelands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Czech Republic 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/czech-republics-2015-eurovision-entrya/

Cyprus’ 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/cyprus-2015-eurovision-entry/

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/azerbaijans-2015-eurovision-entry/

Serbia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/serbias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Russia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/russias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Romania’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/romanias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Netherlands’ 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/the-netherlands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Moldova’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/moldovas-2015-eurovision-entry/

Macedonia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/macedonias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Hungary’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/hungarys-2015-eurovision-entry/

Georgia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/georgias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Greece’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/greeces-2015-eurovision-entry/

Finland’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/finlands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Estonia’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/estonias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Denmark’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/denmarks-2015-eurovision-entry/

Belgium’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/belgiums-2015-eurovision-entry/

Belarus Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/belarus-2015-eurovision-entry/

Armenia’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/armenias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Albania’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/albanias-2015-eurovision-entry

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