Corey Hart–Sunglasses at Night

Xavier Dolan has made a name for himself reinventing less than beloved pop songs into essential elements of his film soundtracks.  While he does the trick most famously in Mommy, my favorite instance of it occurs in Québécois thriller Tom at the Farm.  Sunglasses at Night, by fellow Canadian Corey Hart, plays on a seemingly endless loop throughout the tense climax of the film, a foreboding neon conversation between bartender and patron.  I’m actually a huge fan of the song anyway, but the scene takes full advantage of the menacing synths and sometimes Billy Idol aping vocals in order to amp up the weirdly threatening mood.  The warmth of the familiar pop song contrasted with the spotlight on its incongruous meaning creates a deeply discomforting scene that isn’t easily forgotten.

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