Almost There (2015)
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Narrated by the 83-year-old Anton, the documentary takes on even more emotional punch as you hear the joy, the sadness, the pain, the anticipation in his time-weary voice; no "talking head" could have done his story justice.
"Almost There" has some extraordinarily fine elements, but its big reveal destroyed all the goodwill it expected I would feel by film's end. Your mileage may vary.
He's demanding, imperious, self-pitying and manipulative to a degree that would be difficult to accept in a major talent, let alone a wannabe whose work barely rises to the level of paint-by-numbers. Nor is this portrait of him particularly well crafted.
As the filmmakers work through their messy, messed-up place in the life story they're capturing, the film gathers a head of steam.
The observational documentary meets the observer effect in Almost There as filmmakers chronicle how their solitary subject is changed by their own scrutiny.
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