Jay-Z: “Smile” - 8 mins 26s
This touching promo for Jay-Z's 'Smile' focuses on the story of his mother, who came out as a lesbian in a poem which was included in his 4:44 album.
Set in the 1970s, the period fashion and locations are spot on here - sure to appeal to anyone still mourning 'The Get Down's cancellation. The film's narrative is delicately drawn, enhanced by the sepia tinged grade reminiscent of a faded photograph.
Interpersonal relationships are hinted at, never explicit, and the emotional toll of living with secrets is clear throughout the excellent performances. Human touch - the scarcity and sincerity of it - is at the heart of the film, letting the viewer feel the characters' longing for contact.
Gloria Carter joins her son on the accompanying track, closing the film by reciting her poem. This is an extremely compelling piece of work, given an appropriately quiet tone by Miles Jay's deft directorial hand.