Review: ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ 8.3.14

I had been wanting to see this for quite some time as a couple people I know had seen it (where it’s still showing in theaters even despite it having just been released on DVD). Apparently people have been coming out in droves to see it. Anyway you, like me, probably know very little (if anything at all) about the film. As is with many documentaries, there’s only a select audience that relies heavily on word-of-mouth because it gets little to no publicity or advertising. This was and is one of those rare gems that come along every once in awhile. A documentary that takes you on a journey of self-discovery while reliving a life of another’s. The bare bones synopsis of the film, is that it focuses on the life and work of Vivian Maier, an incredibly fascinating character and one of the most important “street” photographers of the 20th century. What’s so interesting is that like so many great artists, her work was not discovered until after her death, for reasons that were very personal and intentionally done by her. What amazed me so much about this documentary, was its ability to tell one story, only to switch gears halfway through. Building steam and momentum along the way, and surprising me at every corner. This is a compelling character study of a genius who is celebrated in death, more than she could ever (or better yet wanted), to have been in life. Right up there with ‘Life Itself’ with this year’s best documentaries. And one that I would be VERY surprised if we don’t see on the list of nominations for Best Documentary Film at next year’s Oscars.

Grade: B+

One thought on “Review: ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ 8.3.14

  1. My favorite part of Finding Vivian Maier was anytime any of her photos were on screen, her photos were extremely fascinating, & the story of Her was told in a very intriguing & edge of your seat type of way.

    Now the guy that discovered all of these photos, pulled them all together, John Maloof – yes, he did a fantastic job presenting all of this material, made it interesting & engaging but I didn’t love him as kind of the guy that drives the story & takes us on this journey. I can’t think of any other way to describe him other than, I thought he was a bit of a geek.
    Am glad I listened to your rec., definitely worth renting, thought it was very good.

    Grade: 83 / “B-”
    Is probably my 3rd favorite documentary for the year so far; Life Itself being #1, followed by Whitey: USA vs Bulger @ #2.
    I liked my fav documentaries of 2013 (Stories We Tell & Blackfish a lot more). I’d compare those 2 to my all-time favorite doc., “Dear Zachary”, where so far, this year’s crop of docs wouldn’t quite reach that tier

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