The Past Is A Grotesque Animal (2014)





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THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist - of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes - whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he's forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question - is this really worth it? (C) Oscilloscope
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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How exhilarating, and exhausting, it must be to wake up every day and be Kevin Barnes.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Boston Globe
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While Kevin Barnes, and the band, are different in some ways from other musicians and bands, they are also similar in a lot of ways. This is a slightly above average musical documentary, not very different than many others in this genre.

Full Review… | February 2, 2015
Laramie Movie Scope

Jason Miller's fantastic new documentary ... presents a frank, complex portrait of an artist who has been pushing the limits of his medium for almost two decades.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Under the Radar

Laced with plenty of performance footage, "The Past" peels back the curtain on one of the strangest--or some might say most pretentious--music collectives currently going.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014

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