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CIFF Review: Heaven Adores You!

Elliott Smith In London

Documentaries about musical icons tend to be either too worshipful, or too determined to find the warts part of a warts and all biography. Heaven Adores You looks at the late Elliott Smith and his music in a way that, while it leans a tiny bit toward the former, doesn’t hesitate to include Smith’s flaws. Given his unique talent, the result is a fascinating, slightly melancholy, yet overall positive look at a talent for which the word genius actually applied. The film made me want to replay his music.

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