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Film Review: Searching For Sugar Man

Enjoying limited release right now is critically acclaimed rockumentary, Searching For Sugar Man.

Easiest one of the best music documentaries to grace screens in the years, Searching For Sugar Man is one of those stunning tales that is so heart-warming, so melancholy, and so unbelievable that it just has to be seen to be believed.

The story emerged several years ago, when South African music journalist began to ponder whatever happened to much-loved musician Sixto Rodriguez. A simple thought turned into a detective-style mystery, as remarkably little information could be found about the artist who had captured the hearts of thousands of South Africans. The documentary is the unfolding tale of the search for Rodriguez and the truly incredible tale of a man who sang with the voice of Paul Simon and the heart of John Lennon.

Searching For Sugar Man has dominated the film festival circuit, picking up bags of awards for its masterful story-telling and intriguing narrative. The music of Rodriguez is so astounding that it is baffling that he did not achieve the fame of Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell – his music is folky, political, catchy, and seductive. By the time I had driven home after seeing this movie I had a physical ache to hear Rodriguez sing again.

Although Searching For Sugar Man is only screening at limited cinemas, this is one film worth going out of your way to see. It will capture your heart and captivate you, and you don’t even need to be a rock music fan. Having said that, beautifully rendered animation illustrates the visuals through parts of the film, making the film feel like one extended rock music clip. It’s breathtaking.

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