The new documentary on the life of the Italian singer Laura Pausini is an intimate, emotional, and personal portrayal - with much-unseen footage. A total crowd-pleaser!The documentary is narrated in the first person by the singer herself. The journal presents Laura Pausini as a strong woman with solid family values deeply bonded to her loved ones. The feature emphasizes the international presence of the Italian star and the risks she took to attain everlasting glory in the music industry.
Greatness and fame came suddenly for the talented Italian teen. She subsequently took the opportunity to sing with the most significant Italian singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, and Eros Ramazzotti.
Pausini frequently asks herself what she would be doing other than singing if she had not won at Sanremo and muses that she may have become a housewife or architect. She couldn’t imagine other than a singer - there was no plan B.
Based on an idea of her own, the documentary adopted a non-chronological approach, connecting Pausini’s lifestyle
in the present day perfectly with her Italian roots. The project also presents Laura Pausini as a trooper, a combative
warrior who never gives up, and a sensitive woman full of that special tenderness that characterizes her - always remaining humbly grounded to her culture, family, fans, and close ones.
The narrative showcases the singer as a winning woman who longs for a “normal life.” After so many concerts and tours, Pausini wants to be with her family, friends, and neighbors, just like an average person.
An important lesson Pausini learned was that music can modify people’s thinking. In this connection, the documentary is subtly underscored, with a minimal amount of screening time of some of the greatest hits, including “Tra te il mare/Between You and the Sea” (my favorite), “Vivimi,” “Inolvidable” and “One More Time.”
For more than thirty years of a successful career, Pausini’s maturity helped her begin producing her records. Her first Grammy came with “Listen.” Instead of basking in the winner’s joy, Pausini sinks into the despair of her loneliness. Alone at the hotel on that glamorous night, she ordered a hamburger, the waiter brought her a bottle of champagne, and the two drank to her accomplishment. Subsequently, Laura won four Latin Grammy Awards.
“Laura Pausini: Pleased to Meet You” focuses exclusively on Pausini’s point of view and provides the viewer a limited vision of her story without reaching out to other people in the industry - managers, colleagues, song producers, as well as other people who may see the world around her differently.
In terms of editing and breadth of information, the documentary directed by Ivan Cotroneo (“One Kiss,” “Kryptonite!”), Is an emotional roller coaster appealing to the vast majority of viewers? Nevertheless, it doesn’t attain the mastery of other award-winning music documentaries that focus on women singers. For instance, Asif Kapadia’s “Amy” on the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” on the tragic life of the Mexican-American legend; or R. J. Cutler’s “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” a film on the teen sensation who took the world by storm. However, the charm of the Italian singer is sure to please everyone, even if we don’t speak Italian.
Streaming now on Prime Video, “Laura Pausini: Pleased to Meet You” invites American audiences to get to know one of Italy’s most famous singers, a charismatic woman with a prodigious voice who has conquered it all, including herself.
|Film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo and Italian singer Laura Pausini at a Christmas autograph signing in Los Angeles. FestivalinLA ©2016. |
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