Drawn to Blake and Swift as a college student, fragile singer-songwriter Nick Drake (1948-'74) seemed ill at ease in his own era; his metaphysical musings and bittersweet stories of unrequited love avoided the bombast typical of British rock in the late 60s and early 70s. In this sensitive 2000 documentary, Jeroen Berkvens traces Drake's life from Burma, where his father was stationed as an engineer, to Cambridge, where he emerged as a musician; London, where he made his mark with three acclaimed albums; and finally his parents' home, where he battled depression and died from a possibly accidental overdose of prescription antidepressants. It's a haunting portrait of a young man who, while genuinely gifted and loved by friends and family, couldn't cope with the world. 48 min.
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