How does one cope with grief and tragedy while trying to carry on one's unique musical work? For Nick Cave, after losing a teenage son, it's creating a personal and affecting series of songs and sharing the process with his fans. So much more than a simple behind the scenes/recording studio film, Dominik's film almost revels in the melancholy and tragedy of the situation but understands the need for the document.
The Skeleton Tree is truly a dark, moving, human experience, and One More Time With Feeling does a good job of embracing the nature of the material itself (i.e. life, death, artisty, what it means to create in the wake of tragey, being broken by it etc..) and pondering it from different angles that are both soul crushing and in the films best moments, transformative.
Stunning and emotionally intense, one more time with feeling taps a very deep, rich vein and the cinematography is as pure as the music. It's both sad, depressing and enlivening while prying open a door into Nicks world that's left just enough ajar to let us in while respecting his privacy. 4 stars
'but i have something that the universe has not. never has had and will never have. consciousness. my consciousness exists only at this given time. it has no past and no future, but it’s present and it’s bigger in magnitude than all the trillions stars and planets and galaxies. '
An engrossing portrait of a man and his family trying to process what just happened. Andrew Dominik solidifies his credentials as a master with this unsentimental, honest and subtle film. The music is made richer by the context. There are some amazing poems and insights in Cave's voiceover and the cinematography adds to the sense of a fractured, confused and disrupted life. Is it cathartic? Maybe, but not yet.
It's possibly Andrew Dominik's best film. Putting Nick Cave's persona and the musical performances aside for a moment, this is simply one of the best meditations on grief that I have seen in contemporary cinema. It's also one of the most purposefully coherent uses of 3D cinema that I have seen to date along with Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams'.