"I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do."
Maynard James Keenan (Tool singer)
By providing a portrait of individuals connected or not with Tool, The Holy Gift offers a journey to the four corners of the world searching for answers to the question: "Why do we like music?"
Some artistic encounters turn your perception of art upside down. Tool is one of those cases.
I discovered them in 2001 when their third album, Lateralus was released. It thought it was a musical shock, a very different album from what I was familiar with, although I couldn't explain it. In a word, it was unpredictable. Lateralus changed the way I considered music. The same year, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive came out. In all of Lynch's work, it's the film which most affected me. A cinematic shock which was equal to the musical shock of Lateralus. It's certainly not a coincidence as the worlds of Tool and Lynch overlap on many points.
While trying to find out more about the group, I read hundreds of accounts describing identical sensations to mine: "So many emotions are conveyed by this album!" (10,000 Days) "I didn't think it was possible to do better than Lateralus. Buy it with your eyes closed and listen to it with your eyes closed. I can't stop myself quoting Monsieur Sartre who describes what one feels listening to this album better than I ever could: 'We will call emotion a sudden drop of consciousness into the magical'." Then, I found a text called "Lateralus, Alternate Track Order" which explains how Lateralus is built around the Fibonacci mathematical sequence. Following this sequence, you could listen to the album tracks in a different order to feel a new emotion. This text confirmed an idea that had been running through my head for a while: to devote a film to Tool.
The Holy Gift addresses a wider audience than that of Tool fans. It opens up questions about creativity, the nature of music or even emotion. It deals with themes such as rhythm, meditation, mathematics, philosophy, and myths. These themes are always linked to Tool. This questioning can be done of other kinds of music, but Tool's music has the advantage of bringing them all together, which is, to my mind, extremely rare and is what make it so unique..
I would like to give the audience the desire to discover the group who are the reason for my project, but that's not my primary objective. I want them to appropriate the questions raised in the film and that they may thereby listen to their favorite music with fresh ears.
The Holy Gift shows that music isn't just music.