Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

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Finding Vivian Maier

Documentary about the discovery of over 100,000 photographs and negatives taken by the late Vivian Maier, a nanny who kept her passion for photography a secret from even her closest friends. John Maloof was the real estate agent who won the photographs at an auction, only to discover the secret life of the accomplished street photographer.

Maier travelled all over the world during the 1950s and 1960s, visiting the roughest parts of cities to take the most interesting portraits of the people she saw. It is only now that she is receiving recognition for her work that she kept hidden from the world when she was alive.

2014Rating: PG83 minsUSA
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
93%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Vivien Maier -- a street-snappin’, newspaper-hoarding nanny from Chicago -- is essentially a kindred spirit to the atonal-folk warbler of Jandek on Corwood, the phantom tile-maker of Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles and the reclusive, fantasy-painting janitor of In the Realms of the Unreal. As with those films, Finding Vivian Maier is driven by a genuinely consuming curiosity, taking delight in excavating hitherto unavailable information about a creative enigma whom, perhaps, would rather remain that way.

4.0
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Hidden but Found

This was certainly a good find, like the doco writer. Great story, preserving the women for life. She was an intriguing character and so was her work. Shame about some of the perceptions people had of her and now her inability to defend such statements. We will never know the truth, but we can certainly admire her work.

4.0
0

What a story

you don't have to be a photographer to really enjoy this story. Even amongst the unusual artists the world has come to know more, this is a captivating story. And if you are aphotographer, you are bound to see lots here.

5.0
0

Genius has its demons

What a brilliant artist with a story that deserves to be shared to the world!

5.0
0

Captivating doco about a captivating artist.

Fascinating documentary built like an investigation. "Finding Vivian Maier" is reminiscent of "Searching For Sugar Man" ( Malik Bendjelloul , 2012) in showing someone's destiny so incredible that it almost seem invented. But not only those destinies are real, they genuinely deserve a movie devoted to them. Maybe more importantly those films tell us to keep...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An aptly obsessive study of obsession.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An exciting electric current of discovery runs through this.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A fascinating story which continues to raise more questions than it answers.

3.0
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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Treats Maier's background as a puzzle that doubles as self-promotion, supporting her photographs with an amazing story that gives them context.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Downbeat and inconclusive, but likeable all the same.

2.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sleekly assembled and intriguing project, if clearly a very commercial proposition.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An intriguing look at a lost voice.

3.0
0
Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Vivien Maier -- a street-snappin’, newspaper-hoarding nanny from Chicago -- is essentially a kindred spirit to the atonal-folk warbler of Jandek on Corwood, the phantom tile-maker of Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles and the reclusive, fantasy-painting janitor of In the Realms of the Unreal. As with those films, Finding Vivian Maier is driven by a genuinely consuming curiosity, taking delight in excavating hitherto unavailable information about a creative enigma whom, perhaps, would rather remain that way.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An aptly obsessive study of obsession.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An exciting electric current of discovery runs through this.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A fascinating story which continues to raise more questions than it answers.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Treats Maier's background as a puzzle that doubles as self-promotion, supporting her photographs with an amazing story that gives them context.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Downbeat and inconclusive, but likeable all the same.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sleekly assembled and intriguing project, if clearly a very commercial proposition.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An intriguing look at a lost voice.

3.0
0

Hidden but Found

This was certainly a good find, like the doco writer. Great story, preserving the women for life. She was an intriguing character and so was her work. Shame about some of the perceptions people had of her and now her inability to defend such statements. We will never know the truth, but we can certainly admire her work.

4.0
0

What a story

you don't have to be a photographer to really enjoy this story. Even amongst the unusual artists the world has come to know more, this is a captivating story. And if you are aphotographer, you are bound to see lots here.

5.0
0

Genius has its demons

What a brilliant artist with a story that deserves to be shared to the world!

5.0
0

Captivating doco about a captivating artist.

Fascinating documentary built like an investigation. "Finding Vivian Maier" is reminiscent of "Searching For Sugar Man" ( Malik Bendjelloul , 2012) in showing someone's destiny so incredible that it almost seem invented. But not only those destinies are real, they genuinely deserve a movie devoted to them. Maybe more importantly those films tell us to...

5.0
0