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  • Summary: In 2000, one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years, Genesis P-Orridge, began a series of sex reassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer), who remained his wife and artistic partner for nearly 15 years. It was the ultimate act of devotion, and Genesis’s most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance to date: he became a she in a triumphant act of artistic self-expression. Genesis called this project “Creating the Pandrogyne”, an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third. This is a love story, and a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art. (Adopt Films) Expand
  • Director: Marie Losier
  • Genre(s): Biography, Romance, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 65 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Mar 8, 2012
    100
    Most important, the relationship between P-Orridge and Lady Jaye comes off as heartfelt, and "Ballad" makes you feel something. Just like art.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 6, 2012
    80
    Losier has made a quietly revolutionary work that treats a pair of people on the fringes with the decency all humans deserve.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Apr 4, 2012
    78
    True love is never having to say goodbye … because when you look in the mirror, there s/he is.
  4. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Mar 6, 2012
    70
    This impressionistic approach eschews traditional biography, instead giving the viewer the feeling of being inside a moment, without necessarily providing all the information we might need to contextualize what we're seeing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Though the film flirts with being in a sense too intimately drawn from Jaye and P-Orridge themselves - more context from those who knew P-Orridge before the couple got together would have been useful - the sense of intimacy created by Losier is remarkable.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 8, 2012
    70
    Highlighting the wacky while playing down the distasteful, Marie Losier's playful profile of the English musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his second wife, Lady Jaye, takes a lighthearted look at the things they did for love.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 23, 2012
    38
    If it's art, it's only mildly interesting.

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