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Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon (2011)

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Who are Kings of Leon? In 2002 brothers Nathan, Caleb, and Jared Followill, along with their cousin Matthew, formed the grungy alternative rock band in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Now they have millions of fans around the world. But growing up in the South was far from harmonious. Most of the brothers' young lives were spent in poverty, living in the back of an Oldsmobile while touring around the Bible Belt from church to church with the brothers' father, Ivan Leon, a Pentecostal preacher, and their mother BettyAnn, who tried desperately to ground the family during their travels. Rebelling from the God-fearing gypsy lifestyle in true rocker fashion, the young men turned to secular music and a few recreational drugs in Nashville... and the rest is history etched in platinum and gold. Wisely anchoring this energetic behind-the-scenes documentary is the annual family reunion in the backwoods of Talihina, Tennessee, where the boys unwind with horseshoe throwing, beer guzzling, and a dip in the creek. First-time director Stephen C. Mitchell sculpts a youthful, honest, and vibrant look at what fuels the creative fire of these budding rock legends, providing fascinating insight for fans and non-fans alike. -- (C) Tribeca
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Critic Reviews for Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon

All Critics (6)

Talihina Sky unfolds somewhere between fan document and tantalizing expose, but this is a portrait of a bunch of young guys in various states of emotional flux and maturation.

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
Shockya.com

Great rock docs need a great story if they're to be of interest to anyone other than a band's hardcore fanbase and that's the one thing Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon lacks.

Full Review… | July 4, 2011

It's astonishing enough that these mumbling hellraisers grew up as the deeply believing scions of itinerant revivalist Christians, but when the camera is turned on their backwoods family and neighbours, the film strikes gold.

Full Review… | June 30, 2011
Guardian

Their music is secondary to the story but underscores its behind-the-scenes, rather fractured style.

June 24, 2011
London Evening Standard

An insight into an America that many may associate more readily with Steinbeck than the 21st century.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon

½

"Talinhina Sky" is psychological examination of the band Kings of Leon. It helps the viewer to better understand who exactly the band is. There is a grand corruption of Christianity that inevitably leads to the brothers dismissal of the faith and disinterest as well. Sadly the film lacks a cohesive story and therefore becomes more of a montage of broll shots. Even so the depths of darkness and lostness create for an intriguing watch.

Samuel Hunter
Samuel Hunter
½

It's nothing new when it comes to concert/rock documentaries, but for fans of the band this inside look at their inception and life is pretty interesting.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

It's not the best music documentary out there, but it gives you enough of an insight into the origins and formation of The Kings of Leon.

Nick Erwin
Nick Erwin

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