“Frank“, a film about a band whose leader, Michael Fassbender, wears a giant fake head. Domhnall Gleeson is a hack keyboard player who gets a lucky break when the band’s old keyboard player goes crazy and tries to drown himself.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent as the band’s Theramin player and cause of a lot of their troubles. A strange, but fun film which examines mental illness, creativity and suffering. Very funny and sweet in spots, but overall a bit to odd.
You can watch the trailer here.
There are tons of films at Sundance this year about music. The 17 films are:
“Lambert & Stamp” – a documentary about the early managers of The Who
“Finding Fela” a documentary about the Nigerian afrobeat legend
“God Help The Girl” by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian
“20000 Days on Earth” a documentary about Nick Cave
“Low Down” a story about the daughter of a jazz musician
“Rudderless” about the father who finds the demo tapes of his recently deceased son and starts a band to play his songs
“Whiplash” about a jazz drummer with the always excellent J.K. Simmons
“Song One” starring Anne Hathaway researching her musician brother in Brooklyn
“Alive Inside” a documentary about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients
“Living Stars” about people who dance to music in front of their mirrors in Argentina.
“Frank” about a musician (played by Michael Fassbender) who wears a large fake head
“Girl from Nagasaki” a reworking of the opera Madame Butterfly
“My Prairie Home” about transgender musician Rae Spoon.
“Hits” about a teenager obsessed with “The Voice”
“Under the Electric Sky” a documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival”
“Memphis” about a talented singer in the famed city
“Only Lovers Left Alive” the Jim Jarmusch film about an underground musician.