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Film, Pop Montreal 2006

FILM POP Preview: For the Love of Dolly

Posted by Omar / September 28, 2006

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Being an obsessive music geek, I've met all kinds of hardcore fans. I once attended an XTC convention in Barrie, Ontario and instantly felt that I could never love XTC again. I had friends in high school who practically tied me up and made me listen to live show cassette recordings of the Dead - which all sound exactly the same by the way. I even went on a date with this girl who forgot I was even with her at an Elvis Costello concert, since she was so busy screaming and mouthing along to all the words (I got my revenge by marrying her ten years ago). So I thought I knew a thing or two about obsessive fans.

Holy shit! No punker, deadhead, or U2 fan-blogging teen comes even close to the kind of worship Dolly Parton receives from her fans. For the Love of Dolly shows us the 'Rupert Pupkin's' of Dollywood. I watched this film marvelling at how little I really understood about humanity.

Look, I'm sure we can all appreciate Ms. Dolly Rebecca Parton. But how do you make sense of a world in which one obsessed fan has recreated the house that Dolly grew up in on her back property? I can relate to Bin Laden more than I can to the extreme-hardcore Dolly Parton fan.

An older gay couple, Patrick and Harrel collect so many Dolly Parton artifacts, including Dolly Dolls that they make themselves (pictured above), that they seriously consider moving into their garage.

Another woman has Dolly Parton tattooed on her ass cheek and shows it off proudly on the Jay Leno show when Dolly is musical guest.

Was Nine to Five really that good? Am I missing something here?

David, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was deemed by doctors unlikely to walk or talk -- but his parents believe it is his fierce passion for Dolly Parton that motivated him to speak and function.

For all these people, Dolly Parton is more than an entertainer. She's goddess, mother, angel, confident, and family. Apparently, she has a song for every kind of problem - and always conveys the message that you should be happy with who you are. This seems to be why she has such a crazy cult-obsessed fan base.

Even down-to-earth Dolly gets a little creeped out after a while - pulling back from fan-oriented events and frequenting Dollywood less and less. And she was the kind of celebrity who would have meet and greets with fans and give them a memento of her life - like a rock from the garden of her childhood house - how obsessive would you have to get to scare of a celebrity like that?

Although nothing special in terms of style or artistry, For the Love of Dolly is just good old-fashioned American freak watching. Oddballs, misfits, lovable losers and fragile outcasts, Dolly takes them all in - she will always love them.

As the credits rolled, I was reminded of the great line uttered by David Brent (played by Ricky Gervais) on the brilliant BBC show The Office, "And people say she's just a big pair of tits!"

screening Sunday 8 Oct, 3pm, Associaçao Portuguesa. More info at Film Pop.

Discussion

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asmaa / September 29, 2006 at 12:12 pm
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for the record, maybe the movie Nine to Five wasn't that good, but the song kicks ass.
Stephanie / September 30, 2006 at 04:15 pm
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Nine to Five is a classic and, some might say, a workers' anthem. The film? Eek!
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