Director: Malik Bendjelloul,
86 minutes, 2013
Sixto Rodriguez, outside of a circle of pre-existing fans, might not be the most famous musician on the planet. But he makes a fascinating subject for the documentary "Searching For Sugar Man". Put together in part by the producer of the excellent "Man On Wire", "Searching For Sugar Man" centres around a flop album released by Sixto Rodriguez, which went on to build an audience over the decades that followed. But what happened to Sixto Rodriguez himself? That's where the film comes in, and it's an engaging tale it has to tell.
It's a terrific documentary, this. Touching, mysterious and centred on a genuinely intriguing subject matter, there's a lot to grab your interest here. After all, is Sixto Rodriguez a myth, the film asks? If not, is he aware of the impact his music has had? The film plays its cards very close to its chest, and is all the better for it.