Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man
Dir. Malik Bendjelloul
Country: Sweden / UK
Aus Rating: M
Running Time: 86mins

A story so incredible it has to be true. Or completely false. I can’t tell. Surely there’s no way that the world could have been duped into believing that 1970s folk artist Rodriguez really poured gasoline over himself on stage and set himself on fire in a brazen act of public suicide. Or is it true about the story that he shot himself– again, on stage– after singing a rather pertinent lyric, killing himself to the stunned surprise of the crowd. The real story is one of these. Or maybe it’s neither, that’s up for viewers to discover in Malik Bendjelloul’s captivating and enthralling documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. The less one knows about the circumstances surrounding the life and times of this Detroit musician the better as half the fun of this movie is in discovering him and his story. Bendjelloul has, without a doubt, made one of the year’s very finest film and something truly special.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true, but the world wasn't ' duped' as you put it- only us people in Africa, as the rest of the world didn't know him.
He was also a huge legend and an icon in Zimbabwe- then the Rhodesian civil war, where many young men were dying daily.....I wonder about the tears in children's eyes, about the soldier that dies.....will this hatred ever end,I wonder and worry my friend.....
One story in Zim I heard, was that he left the music industry and went off to live in the mountains ...
EVERYONE I know has always had Coldfact -
Do audiences clap at the end of the movies like they do here in South Africa?