'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.
A powerful tale of the artistic talent under odd circumstances. Both the main subject (Nick Cave facing tragedy) and the way to portray it (neat black and white with a special attention to photography and cinematic quality) lift this film to classical beauty levels. Either if you watch it with hardcore fan expectation or if you see it as a work of art on its own, this film is rock solid. A must watch.
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
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'.
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.
Nick Cave's film for the release of Skeleton Tree is beautiful, sad, uplifting, funny & intense. I love the way he let's you into his world, even though he doesn't know if he's ready. A few years ago he released 20,000 days. Since then, so much crap has happened so this is kinda the "sequel". It's one of the most beautiful insights into pain, loss & life. I want all albums to be released like this. Just Beautiful
The film makes it immediately clear to you that you've made an error if you're not seeing this in 3D; as such the visual tricks Dominik utilises feel contrived in flat 2D. Not to mention the already grotesque bombast of the technical display always in conflict with the raw emotions on display. So, no thanks to Dominik, this is essential for the music and those domestic scenes in the middle. Devastating.
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.