They tried to make her go to rehab, she said, “No, no, no,” and then she died. That’s basically the story told in the new documentary Amy , about the short and tragic life of singer/ songwriter Amy Winehouse.
This very sad new film, directed by Asif Kapadia, was one of the hottest tickets at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival. There is a lot of footage of Winehouse performing (I wish there been more) and in-depth interviews with the friends and former manager who tried to help her but couldn’t. These interviews are what make the film different from an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music . But it doesn’t give us any more insight into what drove this phenomenally talented young woman to self- destruct at such a young age. Like Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, she was just 27 when she died.