Amy Winehouse is dead, and we killed her. Okay, maybe we didn’t. But Amy, Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the rise and fall of Amy Winehouse, certainly is haunting.
Kapadia captures the spirit of Amy with reams of pieced together video footage, and reminds the audience that Amy Winehouse may have been famous for being reckless and brash, but she was always more than that. She was sensitive, vulnerable, and terribly, terribly sad, and it consumed her. Watching Amy grow from a bright and artistic teenager, confident with who she was and in love with jazz, to a celebrity desperate for a few seconds of peace in her own skin, is heartbreaking.
In Season 1 of Broad City, Lincoln (Ilana’s adorable dentist not-boyfriend played by Hannibal Buress) offhandedly says he still isn’t over Amy’s death: “It’s like we knew it would happen, but we didn’t do anything about it.” Watching Amy, this has never felt truer. Amy, the documentary is powerful, reminding me that I still miss Amy, the woman, very much.
AMY is a part of NXNE film program, screening Saturday, June 20 at 9:30 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.