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This Much I Know to Be True (2022)This Much I Know to Be True (2022)

This Much I Know to Be True (2022)

An ethereal and healing concert film, and a personal journal for Australian musician Nick Cave

Documentary, Drama, Music

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THE VERY BEST

8.1

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United Kingdom
English
Emotional, Inspiring, Original
2022
Andrew Dominik
Andrew Dominik, Earl Cave, Marianne Faithfull
105 min

Synopsis

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Like all musicians in 2021, Nick Cave was unable to connect with his audience in person. He uses this concert film to break the vocal and instrumental silence, talk about himself and perform songs from “Ghosteen” and “Carnage”, with help from Warren Ellis.

Our Take

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The Staff

Whether or not you’re a fan of Nick Cave’s contemplative, idiosyncratic style of music, This Much I Know to Be True still works on a purely experiential level. There’s confusion, then a rush of euphoria, then an overwhelming sense of peace when listening to Cave’s (and musical collaborator Warren Ellis’s) cryptic lyrics and delicate compositions—shot with breathtaking use of studio lights by director Andrew Dominik and cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

And things only get more emotional when you consider how far Cave has come, that these performances are happening several rough years from the untimely death of his son. And suddenly even all the unrelated B-roll footage included in the film—of Cave talking about his sculptures, talking to Ellis, answering profound fan emails—takes on a greater urgency. This sounds like music for mourning, but in its own way it’s music for celebration, too, and gratitude despite everything.

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