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[Venice Review] One More Time with Feeling

Is control a myth? Are accidents? Are our actions another variable in the randomness of the cosmos or are they preordained, at the mercy of the gods? These are just some of the questions swirling in Nick Cave’s head. Andrew Dominik’s devastating new documentary is, in essence, a 3D black-and-white, behind-the-scenes look at Cave and his Bad Seeds recording their new album (the excellent-sounding Skeleton Tree), but it also offers space for grief and reflection as the veteran avant-garde rocker struggles to come to terms with the death of his child.

Shot in the nowhere locations of taxis and studios in London — as well as a segment in Cave and partner Susie Bick’s home in Brighton — One More Time with Feeling might have been your run-of-the-mill making-of documentary, complete with late nights, frayed nerves, camaraderie, and in-fighting. Instead Dominik, with the staggering cooperation and openness of his subject,

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