Indie-ish singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is prepping the release of his new (Mark Ronson-produced, swoon!) album Out of the Game and has enlisted the services of his real-life friend “Dark Shadows” actress Helena Bonham Carter to bring her signature strangeness to the video for the album’s titular lead single.
The video is set in a library overseen by Bonham Carter, who lip-synchs the lyrics to Wainwright’s track while pacing around lamenting what must be a sad, strange life. (Girl can emote! She deserves an Oscar for her performance in this video alone, y’all!)
It’s a weirdly transfixing video. Wainwright appears as three different library patrons who end up in a creeptastic make out session with each other, and by the clip’s end, Bonham Carter has come undone both figuratively and literally. The closing shot features the Oscar nominee clad in just lingerie reading the book “The Way We Live Now.”
Interested now? Check it out below. (Note: We’re also really kind of loving the song too. Welcome back, Rufus.)