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Glen Campbell : I'll Be Me
© PCH Films

James Keach


Elisa Bonora


Julian Raymond


PCH Films


PCH Films

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  • États-Unis | 2014 | 104 minutes | HD
  • Un film de James Keach

Le nom de Glen Campbell ne dira peut-être pas grand chose aux plus jeunes, d'autant plus si on est pas fan de musique country, mais c’est un chanteur, compositeur, guitariste américain qui a collectionné les records (50 millions d’albums vendus) et les récompenses (8 Grammy Awards, entre autres). En 2011, à 75 ans, il annonce publiquement être atteint de la maladie d’Alzheimer et embarque avec sa femme Kim et leurs trois enfants (Cal, Shannon et Ashley) pour une tournée d’adieu de plus d’un an et demi et 150 dates. C’est cette tournée, filmée de l’intérieur, qui est l’objet du film.

Singer and legendary guitarist Glen Campbell is so much more than just the purveyor of great tunes like "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." As a member of the crack session band The Wrecking Crew, he backed everyone from Sinatra to The Monkees. He was the first country music performer to cross over to the pop charts, winning four Grammy Awards in the country and pop categories in the same year (1967). He was a member of the Beach Boys for a few months in 1964-65, filling in for Brian Wilson. He co-starred in the classic John Wayne western, True Grit. And now you can add his willing participation in a remarkable and unflinching documentary on the effects of Alzheimer’s to his list of achievements. In fact, it is this film, and Campbell’s openness, that has led us to name one of VIFF 2014’s thematic sidebars after one of his biggest songs: "Gentle on My Mind." When he was diagnosed in 2011, Campbell decided to allow actor/director James Keach intimate access to both himself and his family. And rather than go quietly, Campbell went on a farewell tour that lasted two years, never knowing whether he would eventually go blank on stage (he does)—a fact that The Edge is floored by when he remarks on the courage it took for Campbell to do that, night after night. Along with amazing performance footage of that tour—replete with great musicianship and guest appearances—Keach’s camera closely follows Campbell, wife Kimberly Woollen and their three children (all members of his backing band!) while interspersing revealing testimonials from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, Keith Urban and others. The result is a remarkably musical salute to courage and determination that, while pulling no punches about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, fairly sings with hope and humour

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