‘Once Were Brothers’ Film Review: Robbie Robertson Documentary Finds the Sadness in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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‘Once Were Brothers’ Film Review: Robbie Robertson Documentary Finds the Sadness in Rock ‘n’ Roll
In one way, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” is an odd choice to serve as the opening-night film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. At a festival chock full of major awards contenders with big movie stars, it’s a documentary about a musician whose music is mostly heard on the occasional oldies station or Americana Spotify channel, by a director, Daniel Roher, with only one previous feature on his resume.

But “Once Were Brothers” sports Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Martin Scorsese among its executive producers – and more than that, Robbie Robertson is a local hero of sorts, born and bred in Toronto before he headed to the U.S. to become an unlikely rock star.

Besides, Tiff has always had a tricky time with its opening films, most of which go on to achieve no particular success. Over the last 10 years, the slot has gone
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