Berlin: Andrew Dominik returns to make his second Nick Cave documentary, which is as fun as the last film is full of grief.
Polished in all ways that its predecessor was rough,”This I know to be true” Andrew DominikNick Cave’s second film offers nothing close to the deeply emotional experience of his previous attempt – and that’s for the best news. In 2016, the rocker and the filmmaker “The Assassination of Jesse James” teamed up “One more time to feel” an ash-toned musical document that follows the singer as he grieving an incomprehensible personal loss, resulting in a whirlwind portrait of raw nerves and confusion that remains a hallmark. high of this category. If grief understates every moment of Dominik’s first 2016 documentary Cave, for his sequel, he’s determined to give it a go, delivering an enjoyable drama from start to finish.
Unable to tour in early 2021 (guess why), Cave teamed up with Dominik to do magic on the big screen, setting up a shop in an abandoned factory in Bristol to record tracks. sings on Cave’s most recent album “Ghosteen,” with his band. The Bad Seeds, and “Carnage,” with longtime collaborator Warren Ellis.
Elegant simplicity is the name of the game, as Dominik and DP Robbie Ryan built a circular dolly track, then placed Cave, Ellis and the backing musicians in it.
Covering each figure with two cameras that revolve around the musicians and capture them from two different aspect ratios, “This I Know True” demonstrates an incredible degree of confidence Zen as it deploys the bare minimum of his extraordinary technical skills to better highlight the music. Alternating howling and singing with a tenor as warm as a aged malt, Cave’s vocals make the biggest impression of all.
After an early visit to Cave’s sculpture studio – the troubadour heeded government advice to retrain to work from home, Cave explains in the film’s opening sequence – Dominik’s camera didn’t leave. studio for the next hour, turning “This Is Me Know to Be True” into a rather introspective ensemble film. Indeed, intimacy is the key word here, as this movie builds on a relationship that spans over 30 years, back in the 1980s Melbourne time when Cage and Dominik were both dating the same girl ( Dominik even married her). In this portrait of shared comfort and trust, Warren Ellis plays an important role, aligning with Dominik between the setup steps and syncing with Cave as smoothly as possible as the two of them. Performers begin to create music.
Clad in a vest jacket and a crisp, wide-collared white shirt, Cave’s way of getting up contrasts sharply with Ellis’ wild-voiced aesthetic, turning collaborators into screens. Perfect addition. As they begin to work, bathed in silver-tone lighting that changes with the beat of the song, they do so masterfully and precisely, with the same light as Spike Lee recorded. in the sports documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work,” which Michael Mann found in the underworld and millions of spectators worldwide watching the Winter Olympics in hopes of witnessing: the thrill of being See a top professional performer perform at the peak of their profession.
Far from being imaginatively revolutionary, “This Many I Know to Be True” is primarily about the simple pleasures of well-written, engaging singers, beautifully recorded. elegant on screen. And that’s not for nothing! By the hour mark, however, Dominik does more interview scenes, revealing a film in many ways structured as a response to its predecessor.
If “One More Time with Feeling” revolved around a journey to find meaning in the face of tragedy, this sequel will return with happy news. Cave talks about his counseling website Red Hand Records as a kind of “spiritual practice,” and as we watch him tackle questions like “Who would I be without my anger?” ?” and “How to deal with someone who has no control?” One can easily understand why. Then, after two vibrant performances of recent songs “Hand of God” and “White Elephant” – both staged for maximum enhancement as explosive revival, rock-and -roll – Dominik shoots back to an interview where Cave explains that he’s truly found meaning again, telling us he’s discovered a new sense of reassurance when he no longer considers himself is a musician above all.
If Dominik neither wants to nor makes “This I know to be true” too personal, he will slyly undercut the formal polish of his film by closing it with a vulnerable revelation. than. Gently lifting the curtain on a man who has found excellence in his work by emphasizing its importance in his life, Cave begins his final interview describing his displeasure. his crush on a recent scene, revealing levels of lack of confidence and exhaustion, before Dominik cut for the song in question. Of course, it is sublime.
Rank: B +
“This I Know Is True” premieres in 2022 Berlin International Film Festival. It is currently seeking US distribution.
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