Lemaitre – Closer (UK Version) ft. Jennie A. music video analysis (7)


This music video begins with a closeup of a piano with hands that are repeating the same chords over and over again. this then cuts to another closeup of the boy who was playing the pianos face. From this opening we can already tell that this music video is somewhat based in a school because of the mise-en-scene that is around him and on him like his school uniform.

This cuts to a medium shot of a whole school band playing the diagetic sound. there are 5 members to this school band and the teacher is the bands conductor organizing when people should play. Again the mise-en-scene tells the audience that they are a school band because of the school uniform the children are wearing. There is then a cut to show the boy playing the piano once again in a medium shot framing the boy in the middle. The audience can already tell from this short clip so far that the boy playing the piano is the protagonist because of the screen time he has had so far. Two cuts are used to show a long shot of the band playing the diagetic score and then used to show a medium shot of the band conductor smiling enjoying what the children are playing.

This then cuts to a closeup of the boy playing the piano once again therefore agreeing that he is the protagonist in this music video. The camera cuts and tilts up to reveal the band members looking nervous. This then cuts to a medium shot of the band conductor looking at the boy playing piano in an angry way. The boy is looking nervous and stressed and this is shown through his facial expressions and actions as he turn to look behind him. The camera cuts and the band conductor and the boy are shown in the middle of the frame emphasizing their importance in this scene. The boy is shown wiping his forehead telling the audience he is sweating and worried and stressed about playing the piano. Once more the camera cuts to the teacher and through the mise-en-scene and camera it portrays the teacher being powerful and angry whilst looking at the boy as he is crossing his arms showing negative body language. this then cuts back to the boy feeling stressed and he is sweating and looking like his is going to mess up.

Diagetic sound of a trumpet is heard and also shown when a boy in green school uniform is shown through a closeup of him blowing on the trumpet. He then leans on the piano and the piano cover is shown through a close-up to slam on the protagonists fingers which directly cuts to a medium shot of him looking in pain with his eyes shut. The camera quickly zooms in to his face to emphasis the pain that he is in, sweat is shown dripping down his forehead. His eyes turn red representing evil. meanwhile a cut is shown and used to show the boy playing the trumpet not knowing the damage that he is about to cause.

Through the use of various close-ups the boy is getting more bigger and muscular causing his sleeves of his shirt to rip off, his shirt to rip, his shorts to rip and for his toes to rip his shoes and poke out. Meanwhile it seems like everyone is oblivious to what is happening. The now muscular man gets up and through various medium shots his peers look like they are in shock as they have all got their mouths open.

The man snatches the trumpet of the boy and snaps it in half showing and presenting his strength and power he has thinking he is the greatest. to continue through the next shots he is shown to be destroying everything in his way like the equipment and even throwing the boy who was playing the trumpet.

This scene cuts to a new room where the boy is transformed back into his normal self creating a sculpture looking very calm. The mise-en-scene is once again a school setting as the boy is wearing his school uniform once again and is in a school classroom when building his sculpture. The camera zooms to show his facial expressions and how he is when he has not transformed into a muscular man. However a cut shows once again that he is sweating and starting to feel stressed and this is shown in a medium shot of the boy in the classroom.

A cut is used to zoom in on the boy who was playing the trumpet before this could tell the audience that the protagonist does not like being around this boy. Various cuts are used to show how many children are in the classroom and how they are feeling when building the sculptures. The protagonist is starting to get stressed when painting the sculptures roof and leans to get some glue and accidentally drops the paint all over his sculpture. The non diagetic score is heard and the drop is played when the boy drops the paint.

Once again he transforms into this muscular man and through the use of camera angles and shot types the audience are shown him ripping and breaking everything he sees to do with sculptures including his own work.

After the drop of the song a medium shot is used to show him having a doughnut in his hand about to eat it with two kids behind him playing football in the background. A worms eye shot is used to show how happy his facial expressions are and to emphasis how powerful he is as he can just transform into someone incredibly strong( or that what he though).  The ball then hits him on the head and he drops his doughnut on the floor in the puddle. Once again he becomes very angry and transforms into the muscular man with his eyes turning red and destroying everything once again including an innocent little girls bike, with her crying in the background and even a birthday cake.

The music then stops and the man is crushing the ball however it is the boy trying to crush the ball adding a twist to the ending as the man he transforms into is not real and is his alter ego of how he thinks he turns when he is angry, but he does not change at all.


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