Belgian Musician, Songwriter Paul Van Haver

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Belgian musician, singer, songwriter Paul Van Haver, better known as his stage name Stromae, describes the altering effect of a father and son’s neglected relationship from the sons point of view in his music video “Papaoutai,” which translates to “papa where are you?” Stromae himself is featured in the music video as he plays the son’s lifeless like father, while his son continuously dances throughout the video expressing his emotions to him. He creates a dramatic tone in the video in order to appeal to similar experiences and feelings to his young or even older listeners. The music video “Papaoutai” uses different elements like color, characters, and body movement in order to depict the effect that non-present parents impose on their…show more content…
Following the characters fiction like attitude and looks, the video quickly sets the surreal tone with the use of pastel colors and flat lights. Most of the scenes colors produce little to no contrast or shadows, further implicating the dull and lifeless of the scenes. The pastel colors are not only incorporated in the characters surroundings but as well as the characters themselves. The father and son are dressed alike in pastel blues and oranges with matching bowties, almost as if the son is trying to mimic his father. When a son wears his father’s clothes or a daughter wears her mother’s makeup it indicates that the child desperately wants be like their parents or because they want their parents to approve of them. Furthermore, the setting is proved to be much more unrealistic with artificial sky colors and disperse of child-size objects around the characters. The artificial sky colors almost indicate a fantasy life the son wishes he could live in, with unrealistic features for his unrealistic hopes that his father will become mentally involved in his life. As the video progresses, the next scene is a high-angled wide shot of the young boy watching parents carry out activities with their children like “normal” families would. Rampant parallelism becomes a pattern demonstrated in parent-child pairs and dance moves. The video then juxtaposes parental styles by showing parents dancing with their children. The dance styles
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