Iggy Pop 和韋勒貝克正向那些遊走在存活邊緣、幾近放棄的人們傳遞渺小但堅定的信號，告訴他們「回歸源頭，回歸痛苦」，一位真正的藝術家、真正的勇者，是將手指放在傷口上，並用力壓制它，因為「唯有面對苦痛，你才會是真實的」。導演在韋勒貝克祖母的廚房裡拍下他的身影，並尋訪那些飽受著心靈苦難折磨的人們。而 Iggy Pop 透過韋勒貝克的作品，直面自己當年伴隨年少得志而來的荒誕和痛苦，他以為韋勒貝克的作品做為自我剖析，並帶領那些同樣處境的人們繼續前進。
Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen / 2016 / The Netherlands, Belgium / 70min / English / Chinese subtitles
"France’s best-selling novelist Michel Houellebecq and Iggy Pop, who feature in a new documentary about struggling artists... have formed an unlikely friendship" –– The Independent
"Madness, genius and suffering in perfect harmony...The film shows us that suffering can have value." –– jury statement naming it the winner of the 2017 Eurodok Award
Now in his 70s and a successful "aritst", Iggy Pop narrates this visual essay –– the film is in equal parts fiction, polemic and documentary –– by reading from Michel Houellebecq’s “To Stay Alive.” In 1991, the critically acclaimed French novelist wrote this thought-provoking essay on insanity, survival and art, describing it as “a weak but clear signal to those on the point of giving up.” Houellebecq urges poets who are weary of life to “return to the origin; that is, to suffering.” A poet should put his finger on society’s wounds and press down hard, he says. “Be abject, and you will be true.” Director Erik Lieshout an co-directors Arno Hagers and Reinier van Brummelen film Houellebecq in his grandparents’ kitchen and visit the people with psychiatric disorders whose life stories inspired the essay. Reading the work, Iggy Pop immediately recognized his own struggle as a young artist, when he too was close to insanity. Pop speaks to us directly through Houellebecq’s defiant, impassioned words, which call on us to break our chains and go on the attack, even if solitude is the price we pay for it.