Documentaire pop, bien ficelé et énergique à l'image de cette période si belle des années 80 à New York et LA... Images d'archives très nombreuses et fructueuses, portrait réussi, ce documentaire est un chef-d'oeuvre du genre !
As a fan of Basquiat for a few years now, I can saw that this documentary has made me feel much closer with his works as well as with the man himself. When watching the biopic Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel, I found that the savant like way Jean was portrayed was hard to identify with, whereas it was the use of actual interviews and footage in The Radiant Child that powerfully resonated with me.
Went to see Radiant Child at the Reel Film Festival in Toronto. The documentary is very well made, very lucid, and in the end makes you feel closer to Basquiat's work, or at least it I did. Highly recommend it. Most surprising was Basquiat's relationship with Andy Warhol.
More than anything this film made me feel sad that I'm not young. And that I live in a safe city with coffee chains on every corner and have a home full of soft furnishings and well appointed furniture. And central heating. And a pension. I want to be 21, in Manhattan in the early 80's, experimenting with life literature paint and sex. But that was his life - not mine.
The Radiant Child bears witness to an irrepressible spirit. A fine documentary about an American artist fully worth remembering and heeding for what he reflects about today. His death is a sorrow expressive of that time and prefiguring this.