Her Smell (2019) was really good despite its awful and meaningless title.
Elisabeth Moss convincingly plays a Courtney Love-style 90s grunge trainwreck rock star. It begins rather average but it becomes more powerful as it progresses. It’s structured like Steve Jobs (2015) as five long scenes set years apart. So in scene four we get the film Last Days (2005, a film I’ve not seen) condensed into circa 30 minutes. I recently watched a doc called Hits So Hard (2011, streamed for ‘free’ on UK Amazon Prime) about the drummer in Hole and you can tell that film was a reference point for this.
I’m not a fan of long meandering movies but this is a rare example were the 135 minute running time is probably for the better.* It allows it to stretch out and be indulgent in a good way. I’m not sure if a tighter edit would have made the movie significantly better. The bumpy tight close ups (more wide shots please) and the constant ‘atmospheric’ oppressive noisy soundscape is cliched and obvious in its effect but they are annoyances that didn’t annoy too much.
I strongly recommend it if you own a CD collection.
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