27 Apr '13, 4am
[FILM] "Searching for Sugar Man" may not be original, but it certainly is heart-tugging... and fascinating—4 stars:
Rodriguez who? In the ‘70s, an American-Mexican folk musician named Sixto Rodriguez cut two albums that didn’t go anywhere in the US (fact, he was dropped by his record label Sussex just weeks after his last one came out), but was huge in South Africa where he reportedly sold at least half a million albums. The Oscar-winning Searching for Sugar Man is an investigation into the myth that is Rodriguez, who according to urban legend, set himself on fire after a failed concert. For those who are unfamiliar with the musician (we suspect that’s going to be a lot of you), Searching for Sugar Man will prove to be intriguing as writer-director Malik Bendjelloul takes his time unfolding the mystery behind the elusive singer who has absolutely no clue about his musical impact in South Africa, living a modest life as a construction worker in Detroit. The story to his greatness goes: a...