Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
Rufus and Martha Wainwright host an all-star tribute concert for their late mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, in this old-fashioned but engrossing rock-doc .
There's virtually no biographical content. The songs stick very much to one plaintive folk-pop style, and if that is not your passion, the flood of concert footage becomes wearing fairly early on.
The film is both celebration and elegy, a sing-along and a cry-along, a cathartic moan and a perfect bliss-out.
More frustrating than the film's inability to impart a full-bodied portrait of its subject ... is a more general directorial ordinariness.
As a musical experience, it is generous and moving. But as a documentary, "Sing Me the Songs" is an awkward hybrid of concert film and rock-star biography.
Audience Reviews for Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
I was at one of these concerts, and this film not only captures exactly what it felt like to be there, but from much better perspectives, sound and angles than any audience member could ever experience. It also captures the stunning performances of the folk-dynasty (as Rufus likees to call it) of family and friends of the late great Kate McGarrigle and her marvelous music. While documenting these amazing tribute concerts, a mere year after her death, the feelings are palpably raw, and the singing of her songs is so moving. The interviews and archival footage adds immeasurable depth to make this not a mere concert film but a family portrait of an amazingly wonderful woman. Absolutely brilliant film: I am so grateful that it was made.