This winning documentary is as much about working-class England as about Pulp, the glammy rock band that broke out in the mid-90s after performing in relative obscurity for over a decade. Director Florian Habicht shot the movie in Sheffield, the band's hometown, in the weeks leading up to their first concert in ten years, dropping in on the different members as they enjoyed their normal lives and talking to various working-class types about what Pulp's music meant to them. One quickly recognizes how the city inspired frontman and lyricist Jarvis Cocker—his lyrics sound very much like the stories Habicht picks up from folks on the street. The director displays an assured pictorial sensibility, often presenting the subjects in tableau shots that emphasize their strong connection to the environment.
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets