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More than the story of an individual, the film is a stirring tribute to endangered folk traditions.
If Andrei Tarkovsky had grown up in rural Ireland, he might have made a biographical cine-memoir as luminously beautiful as Song of Granite.
This patient and luminous life-of-the-artist film freshens everything stale about its genre.
There's a unifying purpose to this seemingly scattered approach, underlining the essential unknowability of a retiring figure who left principally his art as evidence of a jagged, unstable life.
Mr. Collins doesn't shed light on what makes his subject tick, and the arty shards never cohere.
For an artist whose work in a proud and robust tradition carried a recognizable grace, Song of Granite is a stirring, solemn tribute.
Beautifully shot, this dramatised documentary is a lyrical hymn to a country and a man - but it's occasionally unsatisfying, like reading a brilliantly intriguing biography with a few key pages missing.
... one of the most adventurous explorations in the field of the musical documentary. [Full review in Spanish]
The biographical details are of far less interest to Collins than the music, and the film will be a particular delight to lovers of Irish folk music, with its keening textures and melancholic tones.
The director and co-writer Pat Collins does a superb job with this strange biopic of Joe Heaney, a sean nós singer who became a big name in American folk music.
An elliptic, bracingly experimental feature told mostly in Gaelic.
Director Pat Collins's approach to visual composition is more interesting in theory than practice.
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