In the swooning, almost sepia-tinted music video for “Hello,” from Adele’s forthcoming album, “25,” the British crooner and “Skyfall” Oscar winner revisits a recent breakup from the solitude of a dusty country estate.
The director? 26-year-old Canadian Xavier Dolan (“Mommy”), who has two major projects in the works: all-star French-language chamber piece “It’s Only the End of the World,” starring Léa Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye, and English-language debut “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” with Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington.
In retrospect, their surprise collaboration makes perfect sense. Both Adele and Dolan are twentysomething prodigies with old souls, and the result in “Hello,” filmed near Montreal using IMAX cameras, is a certain Old Hollywood glamour—even the singer/songwriter’s flip phone is old-fashioned. Combining the melodramatic flair of “Laurence Anyways” with the remote setting and intense close-ups of “Tom at the Farm,” which finally received U.S. distribution this summer, “Hello” is a fine (re-) introduction to both artists.
“25” is due in November; “It’s Only the End of the World,” currently in post-production, arrives next year.