|Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber in Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, And Supermarkets|
A blonde musician sporting purple eyeliner and a leopard print jacket stares directly into the lens and asks the camera operator, "What are you trying to do? Get a snapshot into Sheffield life? The hopes and dreams of the common man?" The Sheffield he is referring to is the city in England where the legendary British band Pulp both originated and played their final tour, and is the setting for a new documentary about the band titled Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets. The film follows the band as they navigate December 8, 2012, the day of their final show in the United Kingdom.
It's clear from the opening scenes that the only uncommon person in the film is lead singer Jarvis Cocker, who sings Pulp's anthem "Common People" with all the strut and swagger of Mick Jagger. After the show, he's is wrapped in a poncho, drinking a glass of wine as he tells the camera that he thinks of himself as someone who is ordinary. The scenes afterwards attempt to prove his point; he is shown changing a flat tire on his car, riding a bike, and feeding the birds.
The film makes it clear that no one else agrees with his self-assessment.More »