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20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, Music | 18 November 2014 (USA)
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Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cave ... Nick Cave
Susie Bick Susie Bick ... Susie Cave (as Susie Cave)
Darian Leader Darian Leader ... Darian Leader
Warren Ellis ... Warren Ellis
Ray Winstone ... Ray Winstone
Blixa Bargeld ... Blixa Bargeld
Kylie Minogue ... Kylie Minogue
Arthur Cave Arthur Cave ... Arthur Cave
Earl Cave ... Earl Cave
Thomas Wydler Thomas Wydler ... Thomas Wydler
Martyn Casey Martyn Casey ... Martyn Casey
Conway Savage ... Conway Savage
Jim Sclavunos Jim Sclavunos ... Jim Sclavunos
Barry Adamson Barry Adamson ... Barry Adamson
George Vjestica George Vjestica ... George Vjestica
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Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. Written by Pulse Films

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

18 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

20 000 dni na Ziemi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,879, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$279,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,105,558
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Nick Cave: All of our days are numbered. We can not afford to be idle. To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all because the worth of the idea never becomes apparent until you do it. Sometimes this idea can be the smallest thing in the world; a little flame that you hunch over and cup with your hand and pray will not be extinguished by all the storm that howls about it. If you can hold on to that flame, great things can be constructed around it; things that are massive and powerful and world ...
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Written by Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler, Blixa Bargeld, Martyn Casey (as Martyn P. Casey), Conway Savage, and Jim Sclavunos
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Published by Mute Song Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Bad Seed Ltd
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Nick Cave is a pretty cool guy
7 October 2014 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

The world abounds with concert films and other documentaries with no greater ambition than following a famous person around for a while. These films are usually easy to put in the "superfans only" category. But maybe that wouldn't be the case if they were more like 20, 000 Days on Earth. All I can say is that, as someone who has one Nick Cave album but no vast devotion to the guy, I was entertained throughout.

Part of this is simply the beauty of the images -- the directors make even the most mundane scene stun on the screen. The film takes place across one mostly ordinary day in Nick Cave's life, purportedly the 20000th, and much of the runtime is taken up by fascinating conversations Cave has with friends and collaborators. There are a lot of stagey scenes that don't hide their constructedness, such as a filmed therapy session, or a meta- cinematic moment where at the behest of the film's producers Cage goes through old pictures that will soon become part of the opening montage. And then there is the obligatory concert footage, shot in a dynamic fashion that manages to pick up all of Cave's subtle interactions with the front row and the looks of desperate adoration on the audience's faces.

All of this would be for naught if Cave wasn't a fascinating subject. He plays the brooding poet here, providing ominous narration throughout the film, but there are also humanizing scenes where he watches TV with his sons or grumpily bosses around a children's choir (one of the more surreal moments here). It may be more charisma than intellect, but damn if I couldn't listen to Nick Cave talk for days. For all the directorial skill brought to 20, 000 Days on Earth, its greatest virtue may be in simply allowing us to experience two hours of Cave.


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