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Musician Nick Cave is shown in a scene from the film "20,000 Days On Earth." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

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2.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave
Directed by
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Starring
Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

This mock-doc captures a highly stylized day-in-the-life of Aussie punker-cum-stately-tunesmith Nick Cave, as he checks in with a psychotherapist, toils away in studio and snacks on pizza with his twin sons.

Through expository dialogue, Cave (who gets a writing credit, naturally) talks about reading Nabokov as a kid, volatile early gigs, addiction and his totalizing infatuation with his wife, presenting a glossy portrait of Cave as an elder statesman of punk. It's a rep he's earned, for sure.

But the film is so incessant on bolstering Cave's repute and noble struggle with the art of songwriting that it can't help but seem bloated and self-important. Sometimes seriousness should speak for itself.

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