May 16, 2014


Andrew Garfield Struggles With Gender Identity in Arcade Fire's "We Exist" Video

After teasing it earlier this monthArcade Fire have released their video for "We Exist." The clip finds Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield dressing like a woman, hitting the local dive bar and essentially trying to figure out his role in the world and gender identity. Win Butler described the song as one about "a gay kid talking to his dad," specifically coming out to him. 

Like all Arcade Fire videos, this one is beautifully shot and powerfully executed: Hate, wonderment and acceptance weave in and out through the six-minute clip. 

"We Exist" comes from the band's critically acclaimed fourth album, Reflektor. It was partly filmed at the first weekend of Coachella 2014, just before the band brought out Debbie Harry for a killer run-through of "Heart of Glass."