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20.000 Days on Earth

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United Kingdom · 2014
1h 37m
Director Jane Pollard
Starring Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick
Genre Documentary, Drama, Music

A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.

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Slant Magazine by

While the film is seemingly accessible as a portrait of an artist who seems particularly attuned to his own creative process, and particularly adept at describing this attunement, it's unlikely that many who aren't already whole-hog Bad Seeds fans would be able to stomach much of Cave's self-styled pomposity.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

No one who was not laughably self-involved would agree to a project like 20,000 Days on Earth, and yet Cave, to his credit, comes most alive in his hymns to other selves.


The Playlist by Cory Everett

While the doc should prove essential for Nick Cave fans, it should be inspiring for those interested in the creative process or anyone searching for their muse.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

The film conceals as much as it reveals, and its beauty is that it pretends to do nothing else. It embraces a mystery and protects it, and it’s thrilling to behold.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

What makes 20,000 Days on Earth distinctive is that it provides an overview of the man and his art while creating the illusion that this has come together organically -- out of poetic ruminations, casual encounters, ghost-like visitations and good old Freudian psychoanalysis.


Variety by Rob Nelson

An aptly intense and innovative study of pioneering rock poet Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth playfully disguises itself as fiction while more than fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary.


Village Voice by Stephanie Zacharek

20,000 Days on Earth is meticulously crafted but nonetheless feels casual and heartfelt. It's revelatory, and wonderful, to watch Cave walking (or driving) around, being a real person — if the movie is somewhat staged, it's never stagey.

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