Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits ...
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Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out. The film includes Grace's unique performances singing iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams' Bloods and Hurricane. These personal songs also link to Grace's family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered. In Jamaican patois, 'Bloodlight' is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and 'Bami' means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami ...
Watched this and found it borderline unwatchable. While there is a story of sorts it is set out like a detective novel. You have to really be interested prior to watching because nothing pulls you in. And, I am a fan of Grace's music! The movie just jumps around - in one sequence we went from a recording studio to a bus ride, back to the studio, then a 5 second clip of some school kids and back to the studio. No one is ever introduced. You are left to figure that out on your own or you are supposed to be an insider or some kind of super-fan willing to do a bunch of homework to figure it all out. It seemed the first 45 minutes was just the same song over and over. A few nice scenes of beautiful Jamaica vistas.
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