Michael Kamen wrote:What the hell do I know.
I think you know more than you think you know! If Yann was going for what I think he was, you NAILED it in describing your reaction to the video.
Maybe I am reading too much into this BUT...
There was a great book titled: "Theatre of the Absurd" by Marin Esslin, that was required study when I was at theater school. I believe Esslin coined the term in reference to playwrights like Ionesco, Beckett, Albee.
College was almost 30 years ago, so...I had to let my Google fingers do the walking to reacquaint myself with the subject and I came across a few things:
This is from a website that sites Esslin's work: "Esslin regarded the term Theatre of the Absurd merely as a "device" by which he meant to bring attention to certain fundamental traits discernible in the works of a range of playwrights. The playwrights loosely grouped under the label of the absurd attempt to convey their sense of bewilderment, anxiety, and wonder in the face of an inexplicable universe."
This is from Wikipedia:
"The Absurd in these plays takes the form of mans reaction to a world apparently without meaning, and/or man as a puppet controlled or menaced by invisible outside forces. Though the term is applied to a wide range of plays, some characteristics coincide in many of the plays: broad comedy, often similar to Vaudeville, mixed with horrific or tragic images; characters caught in hopeless situations forced to do repetitive or meaningless actions; dialogue full of clichs, wordplay, and nonsense; plots that are cyclical or absurdly expansive; either a parody or dismissal of realism and the concept of the "well-made play".
I don't know if Yann purposely set out to create an "asburd" piece of theatrical magic, but that is what I read into it. "Hopeless", "repetitive", "meaningless", were words that came to mind while watching this. To me, he looks like Krapp or one of Beckett's characters out of "Waiting for Godot."