The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.
The film starts out very strong - funny, tragic, and gripping. Her legendary but heard-and- not-seen performance where Tig beared her soul to the audience, beginning the show with 'I have cancer, how are you?' is a great introduction to her sense of humour and expert delivery. It may repeat its best moments later, but they still get laughs. However, as it bursts from the major struggles and focuses on the 'what now' stage of her career, the film does lose momentum, critically by the third act. Perhaps it could have embellished earlier engaging segments just a little longer to develop it a bit more. It's very easy to sympathize with her plight, including her desire to have a baby, but while we can't speak for what was going on in Tig's head at the time, the film does ignore other options to have children until near the end. It's difficult to really feel the high stakes when it comes to the second half. The doc is typically held back by its short ambitions, besides attractively composed interviews, you wish they had better footage in the verite scenes. Nevertheless, Tig is still a very funny and poignant portrait of a great modern comedienne. You come away just wishing Notaro all the best.
- Aug 8, 2015