PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS (2014) [feature]

(MIFF 2014 )
Director: Florian Habicht

Following his cinematic Love Story (MIFF 2012) to New York, New Zealand director Florian Habicht returns with a cinematic love letter to Sheffield … and its best-known ‘90s export, Pulp.

After a 10-year hiatus, Pulp reunited in 2012 for a two-year worldwide reunion tour, hitting London, New York and ... Sheffield. This is a concert film (after a fashion) of their final show, in their hometown, among the common people.

Pulp is as much a mildly absurd portrait of the unlikeliest of stars as it is an intimate picture of the city of Sheffield, and its inhabitants; of how each informed, and informs, the other. The band's rangy, geeky frontman Jarvis Cocker takes centrestage as a mirror of the imperturbable locals, lending credence to the film's cocked-eyebrow subtitle ‘A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets' and its askew, Gondry-esque nature. Pulp emerge as an odd duck, seemingly above the triviality of the music business; in Sheffield, they're a perfect fit.

"As celebrated in Habicht's warmly human documentary, Pulp has always been defiantly different." – Variety

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