In a decidedly stout year for documentaries, Searching for Sugar Man joins this summer’s The Imposter as a film that works outside of its seemingly impossible story to establish itself stylistically as well. That is not the way docs usually work. In this case, the film gains strength through its message of the timelessness of and hopefulness implied by music. It can be life-altering or even culture-altering. As hard as this story is to believe, you root for it every step of the way, over the course of some 40-odd years. From beginning to end, this is a fantastic journey and a great film.
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Producer: John Battsek, George Chignell, Simon Chinn and Nicole Stott