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Documentary Film Review: THE BEE GEES : How to Fix a Broken Heart, Directed by: Frank Marshall, 2020

One of the greatest pop bands of all time, which broke almost every possible sales record and was already on its way to disintegration in 1975. However, a series of hits, which came after years of addictions and other sick evils, brought them back on the road to eternal glory. The three Gibb brothers: Barry, Morris and Robin Gibb are a talent bomb, some of whose hits have been included in the list of the 100 Greatest Songs of All Time. Along with the huge success, there have also been years of self-destruction, drugs, casual women and lots of ego. The struggles within the family tore it to shreds and left scars to this day. "THE BEE GEES: How to Fix a Broken Heart" is a sensitive and fun docu, about brothers with immense talent who had to work hard and pave the way to success with lots of elbows and talent for adapting to changing fashions. The film functions as a family docu, which manages to excite along with an exciting soundtrack that natives of the seventies and eighties will enjoy immediately. The brothers are wonderful interviewees, sharp and bright and also horribly honest. Along with relevant archive footage, fascinating interviews with musicians that shed light on the brothers' tremendous impact on contemporary pop, we get a temporary and exciting picture of a band that has managed to overcome ups and downs, and finally win and join the Rock Hall of Fame. Towards the end, Barry Gibb who is still alive, treats with uncharacteristic sensitivity the death of his brother, the life and loneliness he is forced to adjust to after the stain. It’s hard to remain indifferent to a docu so rhythmic and exciting, that manages like a roller coaster to make its way safely, with ups and downs non-stop.


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