Award-winning actress Jessica Chastain stars in her second Prada campaign. The campaign titled Parallels, the narrative is new: scenes are captured inside and out of a Modernist home – a resolutely real space, the photographs imbued with an intensity and intimacy. Yet Chastain’s presence, her own persona, causes us to question the images – are these portraits of Chastain, or a character? Is she playing a role, or playing herself? Reality here runs parallel to fantasy.
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre with a cinematic quality, Chastain’s eyes never meet ours. She is absorbed in her own world, her own reality, at a remove. Multiple images, like different fragments of the same scene, are juxtaposed, and can pretend to be film stills. But is it documentary, or a work of fiction? The questions hang, unanswered.
Just as Jessica Chastain finds reality in her characters, in her parallel identities, so we search for the reality in these images. We find it. The gestures are genuine, and the emotion is real.
Photography and film by Willy Vanderperre
Featuring: Jessica Chastain
Music by Apparat