HOLLYWOOD—Lady Gaga has not seen the new Netflix documentary about her life behind the scenes. The film is meant to shape the next phase of her career, recasting her as a serious artist. The film titled, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” is a bare-all, fly-on-the-wall documentary. Gaga takes to the camera about everything from her personal relationships to her role as a witch in “American Horror Story.”
The film’s message is empowering, as well as fascinating. The film highlights on Gaga shaping the next phase of her image, recasting herself as a serious artist and equal-rights role model rather than a pop-star spectacle in a dress made of meat. It’s fast and entertaining on the surface. The film was shot while she was creating her album “Joanne,” released last year.
She is seen in the studio with her friend and producer Mark Ronson, recording a new song, now familiar as the hit “Million Reasons.” Surprisingly, there is little music in the film. Instead, the cameras follow her to a family christening, to photo shoots, even into a doctor’s examination room, capturing scenes that are both raw and calculated. Her genuine emotions are seen through the film.
She often speaks of her physical pain, the lingering aftermath of a broken hip. An emotional Lady Gaga is heard on audio speaking to a friend of her pain and loneliness. The film provides the audience and gives us on a human level the exhausting feelings of her level of stardom. Constantly getting her hair done as well as her makeup. Someone is always hovering over her. She complains of her career that has cost her several romantic relationships. While, this is a film, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that her feelings are true and genuine.
As millions of fans know, the album “Joanne” was named for her father’s sister, who died of lupus at 19, in the 1970s. Gaga says that her aunt’s death cast a shadow over her childhood, and that writing and recording the album was intensely personal. The director, Chris Moukarbel, shows his directing style of building a film from densely-edited fragments and like a magician’s assistant creating a distraction, his style compliments and delivers. In the end, it displays her message about personal acceptance for women and men. “Gaga: Five Foot Two” is designed to deliver ‘Gaga: Now I’m Serious.’
The documentary was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will debut on the streaming service later this month. The 2017 Toronto Film Festival is in full swing. The festival just started on September 7 and runs until September 17. The TIFF offers the biggest explosion of movies yet. More than the Venice Film Festival, the TIFF offers highly anticipated premieres and several brand-new standouts, including heavily female-fronted lineup.
Rose’s Scoop: What’s a Toronto Film Festival without Jake Gyllenhaal. In the movie “Stronger,” he plays a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings who loses his legs-and his anonymity, once the general public tries to hail him as a hero. Belated birthday wishes go out to my daughter Kelly Olszuk who celebrated her birthday on September 8, along with singer Pink.