Depeche Mode

My Favourite Stranger

Anton Corbijn’s music video for Depeche Mode’s ‘My Favourite Stranger’ is a visually enigmatic and monochromatic interpretation of the song. The video follows a solitary figure in a wide-brimmed hat through various landscapes, from mystic woods to an old European shop. The figure represents the elusive “perfect stranger” the song explores, and Corbijn’s choice to reveal only fleeting glimpses of their androgynous face adds to the sense of mystery. As viewers are constantly on the periphery, observing but never truly connecting, the video reflects the theme of elusiveness from the song. While the climax hints at a revelation, Corbijn encourages viewers to embark on their own introspective journey to uncover the enigma.