Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
February 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul (his first film ever)
Written by: Bendejelloul as well
Starring: Documentaries don’t so much “star” people as they feature them
What it’s about: a documentary exploring the mystery behind an obscure American musician whose albums achieved great fame in South Africa
What I liked: This is a beautiful, powerful movie, featuring one of those amazing real-life stories that are nearly too good to be true. Bendjelloul cobbled together some truly great footage of Sixto Rodriguez. I want to say more about the film, but revealing almost anything about the plot can potentially spoil some truly delightful things that you would discover by watching the actual movie. The soundtrack – comprised of Rodriguez’ music – is amazing, and appears to have much in common with the music I enjoy nowadays. I haven’t seen any of the other movies that were nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar, but this was definitely a deserving winner.
What I disliked: There were several instances of confusing footage choices (maybe just to me?) interspersing with other footage, but whatever, doesn’t hurt the overall movie. It also bothered me that it was a documentary of an event that seemingly took place 15 years ago or so, but the tense of the interview questions seems to be misrepresented. It’s hard to explain.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: Certainly, it is an engaging story, and a beautiful documentary and if it ends up with more people hearing the music of Sixto Rodriguez, everyone is the better for it.
Rating: 4.5 / 5