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Recover from Valentine’s Day with this Thin Line Film Fest feature The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. The documentary explores the world of Genesis P-Orridge, a musician and artist credited for being a link between pre- and post-punk underground music, and his other half, Lady Jaye. Most lovers take the idea of becoming one as a metaphor. Genesis and Lady Jaye explored the idea literally, each one having surgeries to look more like the other.

Film considers twist on typical love story

Just when you can’t take seeing Ryan Gosling declare his rain-soaked, undying love for Rachel McAdams in the constant cable television broadcast of The Notebook, in rushes Thin Line Film Fest.

Singletons and couples who can’t fathom another box of chocolates can get a totally different dose of love, thanks to Genesis P-Orridge — the founder of art rock-ish bands COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV.

P-Orridge is the weirdcounterpart to Gosling’s devotion in the documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. The film explores P-Orridge’s devotion to his lover and artistic partner of about 15 years.

P-Orridge doesn’t scramble up a Ferris wheel or start hormonal lover spats in the rain. No, P-Orridge embarked on a menu of surgeries to make him look more like his beloved Lady Jaye. By now, his blunt-cut, bleached blond hair, carefully quizzical brows and impossibly high cheekbones make him look more like Lady Jaye than the doe-eyed, heavy-browed Londoner of his youth.

“We wanted to consume each other,” the artist says.

And Lady Jaye returned the favor.

Director Marie Losier probes the pair’s unseemly world to pull back the veil on a mad, dizzying dash the two made to become one — or to draw as close to that as possible. At any rate, the pair ended up with similar breast implants, facial features and style. Losier considers the film a rebellion against the dehumanization of the body and a refreshing brand of Romantic consciousness.

— Lucinda Breeding


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