JA­NIS: LIT­TLE GIRL BLUE ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Amy Berg. Fea­tur­ing Ja­nis Jo­plin, Kris Kristof­fer­son, Joe McDon­ald, Clive Davis, Melissa Etheridge

Berg, di­rec­tor of the bril­liant De­liver Us from Evil, will know that her doc­u­men­tary on Ja­nis Jo­plin can­not avoid com­par­i­son with Asif Ka­pa­dia’s re­cent Amy. It’s an al­most painfully com­pre­hen­sive ex­er­cise. The film-maker has recorded in­ter­views with sur­viv­ing fam­ily, mem­bers of Jo­plin’s band and still vis­i­bly griev­ing friends. But it lacks the fluid style of Kap­dia’s piece. Es­sen­tial view­ing for com­mit­ted Jo­plin­istas. Those yet to get on board the Fes­ti­val Ex­press may be less con­vinced. 15A cert, Light House, Dublin, 103 min

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