Coming to theatres today, Friday, February 10 and to HBO this coming Monday, February 13:
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)
Palm Springs 2017
The band returns to Paris just months after the 2015 terrorist attack at their concert which cost 89 people their lives.
Hanks provides an intimate profile of the titular band as they face the aftermath of the November 13, 2015 concert in Paris’ Bataclan theatre, one of several sites that night subject to a coordinated terrorist attack that ultimately resulted in 130 deaths and 368 injuries throughout the city. While the band, and several fans who survived the attack, offer chilling accounts of that evening, the doc wisely refrains from sharing any footage of the massacre and largely avoids speculation about the terrorists or their motivations. Aside from a particularly difficult interview conducted for French television with band frontman Jesse Hughes, there’s a distinctly apolitical stance taken here, and instead the focus falls on the deeply felt relationship between Hiughes and his longtime friend and bandmate Josh Homme. Hanks charts this special, brotherly bond from their childhood through the attack – while the latter’s commitments to other bands, including Queens of the Stone Age, kept him from attending the Bataclan performance, he has been instrumental in helping Hughes process the experience – and details their belief in the healing power of music as they prepare to perform in Paris again at the invitation of U2.