Directed by Lisa Azuelos
This was a biopic of Dalida, an Egyptian-Italian singer whose life mirrored that of Amy Winehouse.
At one point she says in the film – and whether you take this statement at face value is up to you – that all she wants is a normal life: husband, children, family. But she is a pop star, a celebrity, and that is not her portion. And anyway, she is told, women with normal lives want to be like her.
In time, an abortion paid for by a lover scuppers any chance of having children. Then a string of boyfriends, all pretty enough but for the most part weak and vacuous and parasitic, follows. None is an equal much less a soulmate.
As for the songs, they are affecting and emotional, some of them. Some are histrionic and mawkish and immature. Mind, you could say the same for Amy’s work. It is a legacy.