Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (NR)
Documentary 90 November 19th, 2014
This isn't a film about the cozy safety of returning to your roots, but about being honest — maybe even jubilant — about how where you're from becomes part of who you are. It's framed by footage from the band's final U.K. concert, in 2012: Pulp, active from roughly the late '70s until 2002, reunited in 2011, and decided to play their farewell show in Sheffield. Looking simultaneously solemn and puckish in his horn-rimmed goggle-glasses and gently graying beard -- like a child's-book illustration of himself -- Cocker explains what instigated the reunion in the first place: He felt the band left too many loose ends, and reuniting for a time seemed like the right thing to do, even if "tidying up isn't the greatest rock 'n' roll motivation."
Director Florian Habicht's camera captures Cocker doing ordinary Sheffield-or-anywhere stuff, like changing a tire -- Cocker has recently had a dream about doing just that, he explains, and the workaday quality of his sleep time is a little alarming to him. The band's longtime drummer coaches a Sheffield girls' soccer team, of which Pulp are a partial sponsor — the band's name is emblazoned on the jerseys.