After Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow and Jennifer Lopez, it’s another singer’s turn to undergo the documentary treatment in 2022: Shania Twain. Available on Netflix today, not just a girl it reminds us how much the Canadian artist has transformed country music. Too bad we don’t learn anything surprising or completely new.
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Everyone knows the story of Shania Twain. MusiMax was going to broadcast his musicography at least eight times a month during its prime years around the turn of the millennium. Her difficult childhood in Timmins, Ontario, the poverty, the car accident that killed her mother and her stepfather, her difficult beginnings, her rise, fame, money, blah blah blah. The legend has been told over and over again.
The sequel has also been the subject of a plethora of reports, interviews, and articles over time. Even Oprah Winfrey got into it. The Lyme disease she contracted in 2003 made her divorce worth a bad soap afternoon (her husband was cheating on her with –yes– her best friend), the voice that deteriorated, etc.
In other words, our Shania-esque culture was pretty well developed before we started seeing the feature film produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley, the man behind the recording of several musical shows, including Jeff Beck’s Elvis Costello and Hall. and oatmeal.
A title that sows doubts
Before continuing, a small parenthesis regarding the title of the documentary: not just a girl. If you’ve known the 1990s, you’ll agree this is a curious choice. It looks like the autobiography of another singer from that time, Gwen Stefani. We can imagine the former No Doubt frontman calling out Shania Twain as she fumed for the next few days: “You stole my title! »
Furthermore, only at the end of the film, just before the end credits roll, do we understand why the interpreter of the hits you’re still the only one, that doesn’t impress me much Y Men! I feel like a woman! chose this option. It’s also the title of a new song he just recorded that should be on the compilation album that lands online this week.
not just a girl It also represents one of the themes of the documentary, which exposes the sexism that Shania Twain fought to break into country music.
Early in her career, while trying to promote her debut album, TV hosts praised her beauty first and foremost. ” You are very pretty. “It’s a very pretty album cover. »
Singer Orville Peck perfectly sums up the double standards that existed in 1992, when Shania Twain knocked on the doors of Nashville with her sexy outfits (which revealed her navel… scandal!) and her need for self-determination. “Johnny Cash got away with singing songs about drug and alcohol abuse. The public accepted it. But when she was a woman, we wanted her to have good Christian values. »
“You have to work three times as hard as any other man,” adds Shania Twain in front of Crowley’s lens.
not just a girl it is very well documented. Stock footage abounds, such as that of 11-year-old Shania Twain appearing on various low-budget local TV shows.
The film also features several key figures in the artist’s career, including Mary Bailey, her mentor and first agent, and Jon Landau, the agent she hired after the album’s incredible success. the woman in me to become an international stadium-filling superstar.
On the side of the great names of yesterday and today who praise his merits and underline his contribution to the industry, we highlight Kelsea Ballerini, Avril Lavigne, Diplo and Lionel Richie.
Unfortunately, not just a girl modestly tackles topics about which the singer-songwriter has already opened up with more self-assurance.
In her memoirs published in 2011, the singer recounts being physically and sexually assaulted by Jerry, her stepfather. She makes no allusion to it on screen, apart from a statement that she deliberately leaves hanging, which lets us guess that he was, at worst, angry.
In her book, Shania Twain also goes into much more blunt detail about the hell she went through when her husband and writing partner, Mutt Lange, left her. Within not just a girl, this still painful chapter is only touched. The singer seems determined to keep things light.
Come to think of it, maybe the documentary should have been called A girl who just wants to have fun. Too much to evoke the repertoire of another diva…
not just a girl lands on Netflix this Tuesday
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