REVIEW: One More Time with Feeling
Directed by Andrew Dominik
By Connor Armenti
This isn’t the first collaboration between Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave and director Andrew Dominik, but I can honestly say no music/film collaboration has or ever will strike you where it hurts like One More Time with Feeling, released September last year.
Filmed in stark black and white just to sap you of a little more naïve happiness, the documentary follows Cave’s grief after losing his teenage son, and how Cave channeled this into his latest record Skeleton Tree. Studio performances are filmed in a similar space of empty timelessness – a place where loss is known to leave its victims.
The film also notes Cave’s distinctive jump from early post-punk, narrative-driven holler numbers to the ambient train-of-thought catharses that comprise the new record. “Real life isn’t like that” Cave elaborates when asked. All he can do is ponder.