What an amazing story about a musician and a human being who deserves nothing less than admiration. As far as documentaries go, this is wonderfully done. I, who had never heard of Rodriguez, was being kept intrigued throughout the movie, depicting Rodriguez' start into music, the lack of recognition, the mystery and legends about him in South Africa, and finally the well deserved moments of fame. Tremendously moving!
Of course the story is great, like a fairy tale. The editing is also fine, with nice images of Detroit, animation and great music. But this systematic way of searching for... emotion is quite tiring. Every scene is explained to us 5 times in order to dramatize every bit possible. Don't know if Sugar Man never received money for his music but you get the feeling that this film crew wants to make money out of him !
This was one of the most touching and emotional documentaries I have ever seen. Sixto Rodriguez's story is an amazing one and it proves that music can have an incredible power on human beings. Rather than a standard biopic, 'Searching for Sugar Man' is an intimate look at how an artist's poetry can find its audience in the most unexpected ways - and despite the fame gained, keep living the simplest life of all.
Every time I watch it, it reminds me that Malik Bendjelloul killed himself two years after making his first and his last feature film, which won him an Oscar. Breaks my heart to pieces.. This film has a unique story and a unique atmosphere, half of it shot on a smartphone for the lack of financing.. Beautiful, heart-felt work of a very talented person.
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