Asif Kapadia’s heartbreaking documentary “Amy” remembers the life and musical career of Amy Winehouse. As a result of strong audience reception, the limited release film is now expanding to still more theaters this weekend.
Since “Amy” premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, both the format and content have provoked audiences. The film is a composition of anecdotal, performance and paparazzi footage, revealing how Winehouse’s celebrity status came to govern her life. The use of paparazzi footage seems hypocritical of the film’s message.
However, in the film, Kapadia frequently juxtaposes the footage with an audio track, featuring the voices of Amy, her family and her friends. The voiceovers contextualize the images with Winehouse’s contempt for the limelight and the subsequent hindsight conveys the destructive power of celebrity status. It is a heartbreaking film and a provoking experience.
The documentary points plenty of fingers, but it also humanizes Amy Winehouse and commends her for being a genuine artist. The above clip focuses on how society, collectively, shares the blame for creating a destructive and exploitive celebrity culture.