Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bjork: Biophilia Live (November 1st and 2nd at the Cleveland Cinematheque)

[BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE screens Saturday November 1st 9:00 pm and Sunday November 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Review by Bob Ignizio

Not every concert film can be THE LAST WALTZ or GIMME SHELTER. But then, do they really have to be? BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE isn't a cinematic masterpiece, but it does give fans of the Icelandic vocalist a fine document of her most recent tour performing her 'Biophilia' album in its entirety, as well as a few old favorites like “Possibly, Maybe” and “Where is the Line?”. Sporting a vinyl or plastic dress that resembles a tumorous body with its skin peel back to the first layer of muscle, Bjork turns gives an impassioned performance backed by a first rate band and full choir of female backing vocalists.

Besides the concert itself, there's a nifty little intro narrated by David Attenborough that casts the event as a sort of nature film. Further spicing up the film are the occasional trippy visuals of brightly colored fractals, sea creatures, and other imagery likely to be of interest to those watching the film with chemical enhancement. None of which is likely to win Bjork many new fans, but those she already has should be more than pleased. 2 ½ out of 4 stars.

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