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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

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Genesis P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. A link between the pre- and post-punk eras, he is the founder of the legendary groups COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV, all of which merged performance art with rock music. But that's just the preamble to the story. Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has redefined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of sex

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This edgy documentary manages to tell an affecting love story even as it ventures into the cultish, transgressive world of underground music.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film takes the viewer not just into the world of Genesis and Lady Jaye, but somehow, as a true ballad should, into their hearts.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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How often do we tell our lovers that we feel at one with them, that we want to emulate their best qualities? Here we see an amazing couple who take that ego-obliterating infatuation to its logical conclusion.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A frustrating if fitfully fascinating documentary about the singer, writer and performance artist known as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is a manic, overmedicated, and remembered elegy. It's also private, personal, and obscure, a ballad meant more for its subjects' eyes and ears than ours.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Very human.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Director Marie Losier's film is informative but it is also more often than not irritating in both content and technique. (A film) more to be endured than enjoyed.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
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True love is never having to say goodbye ... because when you look in the mirror, there s/he is.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" assumes a great deal of built-in interest in the title figures I suspect most people will not have.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The blasť result feels like a great disservice to P-Orridge, who conducts himself with genuine grace.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Losier's doc is almost as obsessive as its subjects.

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The unconventional romance at the film's core has a genuine poignancy.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Few music documentaries bloom with such lovely, rambunctious energy and singular vision as this.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A completely unique portrait of the ultimate nonconformist.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye tries so hard to keep up with the quirkiness and theatricality of its subjects that it ends up canceling them out.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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I admit that in part, my lower rating is attributable to the fact that I don't know really what the two ladies were out to express. The documentary flounders by not rooting us in the cultural reaction to their work and takes up far too much time showing footage of them goofing around for the sake of expression.
July 3, 2012
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