TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 by - September 09, 2017
TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’

To truly get a genuine portrait of someone iconic, it takes time…

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is an unflinching portrait of an iconic pop culture icon as we see her strut in all aspects of her very private life.

It’s hard not to know who Grace Jones is inside the societal ethos, but really who is Grace Jones?  Director Sophie Fiennes dedicated herself to the exploration of that question of the course of a decade, flipping between intimate fly on the wall moments in her most private of moments and while basking in the glitz and glamour of her performing on stage.  Both women are undoubtedly different, they make up the entire package that is the one and only statuesque singer/model/icon who is like no other; Miss Grace Jones.

In playing with the format and not giving audiences your standard brick and mortar bio pic, Sophie Fiennes has truly given this picture the kind of winds that you wouldn’t necessarily expect.  In the quieter moments while simply interacting with family members and friends we see Grace as a subject who is fiercely protective her image but not in the way that you’d expect.  She’s OK with the truth and letting it all fly out because she just wouldn’t have it any other way.

Only an icon knows that she occasionally has to be a bitch, but she does it rather honestly.  That’s why Bloodlight and Bami works so well; both on stage an off she’s a fiercely honest artist.

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David Voigt is a Toronto based writer with a problem and a passion for the moving image and all things cinema. Having moved from production to the critical side of the aisle for well over 10 years now at outlets like Examiner.com, Criticize This, Dork Shelf (Now That Shelf), to.Night Newspaper he’s been all across his city, the country and the continent in search of all the news and reviews that are fit to print from the world of cinema.
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