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Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets 16/40 Dir: Florian Habicht. With: Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle. 90min. Cert: 12

June 6, 2014

An on-the-dole Jarvis Cocker used to take the piss out of Sheffield cliches. "If any new building went up it would have to be called Steel City something," he once said in an audio tour of his hometown. Florian Habicht's concert film, which follows Cocker and his band, Pulp, to their homecoming gig in December 2012, goes some way in reinforcing the stereotypes, while building its own. Habicht's Sheffield is stuffed with Pulp fans, each one an endearing kook. He covers a lot of ground - pinging from the fish market to the Crucible; the arena to the local choir. But you can't help thinking he's missed the point of Pulp. Their music denigrated the people as much as it celebrated them. Habicht leaves the city in love with a surface-level reading of Cocker's take on it. Henry Barnes

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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