R.E.M. may have announced their retirement last month, but like anyone who gives their two-week notice, there’s still a little work to be done. The band recently released the Dominic DeJoseph-directed video for their final single, ”We All Go Back To Where We Belong,” featuring Dunst. All Dunst. Nothing but Dunst. No cuts. No edits. No fades. It’s strangely engrossing.
Dunst seems to flit between reacting to the country-tinged pop song’s nostalgic lyrics and just randomly making the faces that have earned her the crush of many a hipster for all these years. This isn’t the first time Dunst has appeared in a video, though. In 1999, Australian pop duo Savage Garden cast Dunst as “Subway Girl No. 1″ in the perennial prom favorite “I Knew I Loved You.” That video involved slightly more movement, but R.E.M. goes the extreme close-up approach. We have to think that’s way more nerve-wracking, right?
“We All Go Back To Where We Belong” will appear on the band’s career-encompassing retrospective Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011, out Nov. 15 on Warner Bros.
+ Watch R.E.M.’s “We All Go Back To Where We Belong” video featuring Kirsten Dunst.