Searching for Sugar Man

Andrea reviews Searching for Sugar Man, Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Searching for Sugar Man, Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, follows the investigation by South African fans into the legend of Rodriguez, a singer whose music and lyrics are reminiscent of Bob Dylan with a voice not dissimilar to James Taylor. Rodriguez was discovered playing in a bar in Detroit, signed to Sussex Records and made two albums Cold Fact and Coming from Reality. The albums flopped and he was dropped by the record label. A bootleg copy of his album Cold Fact made its way to South Africa and was a sensation, described by fans as the soundtrack of their generation. Rumoured to have committed suicide on-stage, Rodroguez’s fans set out to discover what really happened to him. The soundtrack alone is worth seeing the movie for, but the story itself is engrossing – fact can be stranger than fiction!


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