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Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Written by Malik Bendjelloul

2012, USA

The less you know about Searching for Sugar Man, the better off you are. In fact I’d recommend not watching the trailer; and thus my review will be completely spoiler free. This is a film that relies on unexpected developments as much as it does the music, mood and the mysterious figure at the film’s center – an man known only as Rodriguez who became a 1970s Detroit folk-rocker whose albums bombed in the U.S., but outsold everyone (including The Beatles) in South Africa. Searching for Sugar Man is about the efforts of bold South African fans and their decades-long search for the artist who wrote the edgy, rebellious music that inspired a generation of South Africans living in a heavily-oppressed police state.

This fascinating portrait of a failed, forgotten early ’70s musical pioneer is by turns informative, »

- Ricky

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