20,000 Days On Earth Review

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Singer, songwriter, scriptwriter, iconoclast, bluesman and, who knows, probably legendary cake baker too when he sets his mind to it, Nick Cave plays on, picks apart and recalibrates his public persona in a kinda-documentary format.


You wouldn't expect Nick Cave, the singular musician whose creative accomplishments extend to writing The Proposition and Lawless, to be the subject of any ordinary cut-and-paste rockumentary. Cave has a sharp cinematic sensibility, and it surfaces again in this shimmering, playfully elusive portrait, which blends interview and performance footage with more constructed, noir-style digressions, all within an elegant life-in-a-day structure. Staged therapy sessions tap into Cave’s personal history, while Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone appear for amusing interludes. Curiously seductive, it’s not just a film for completists.

It may not be an access-all-areas portrayal of one of rock's most enigmatic characters, but then, where would be the fun in that?