The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
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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 reassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye. It was the ultimate… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This edgy documentary manages to tell an affecting love story even as it ventures into the cultish, transgressive world of underground music."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Very human."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
""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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The unconventional romance at the film's core has a genuine poignancy."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"The blasť result feels like a great disservice to P-Orridge, who conducts himself with genuine grace."
‑ Miles Howard, Boston Phoenix
"Few music documentaries bloom with such lovely, rambunctious energy and singular vision as this."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally."
‑ Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
"True love is never having to say goodbye ... because when you look in the mirror, there s/he is."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Losier's doc is almost as obsessive as its subjects."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A completely unique portrait of the ultimate nonconformist."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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