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.