Searching for Sugar Man I love good films and I love good music. So it will come as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed a good documentary about a good music story. In the late 1960's, a singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit nightclub, creating music that many thought would make him a superstar. A Latino Dylan. After recording 2 albums with leading music producers, the sales didn't match the enthusiasm and soon, rumours of his on-stage death began to spread. Meanwhile, in South Africa, the albums began the 1970's by selling in their millions and slowly fixed themselves in to the national psyche and a move towards political freedom. News of the success just didn't
manage to make it back to those closest to Rodriguez. Then, in the 1990's, a small group of fans began the search to find the truth behind the legend. At 85mins, the documentary is a quick and nimble exercise in storytelling and the story is one of pathos and redemption. There is definitely some areas of the story that are not fully explored ( who made all the money disappear? ) but overall, the documentary is snappy, smooth and fulfilling. Although the story itself is a little over-sensationalised, it is still a great tale, told well. Anyone who loves a good story or good music should be enthralled.
8 out of 10.
Cert 12A (uk)