Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil Documentary

SXSW Review: ‘Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’

March 17, 2021Ben MK

We've all heard of the phrase "sex, drugs and rock and roll." But for Demi Lovato, the situation was a little more complicated. Now, in the wake of her 2018 drug overdose, the 28-year-old is opening up about her life, her substance addictions, and all the traumas along the way.

Filmed largely over the course of the pandemic. Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil chronicles the singer's rise to fame, the events leading up to her brush with death, and her road to recovery since then. Featuring candid interviews with her stepfather and mother Eddie and Dianna De La Garza, sisters Madison De La Garza and Dallas Lovato, best friends Sara Elizabeth Mitchell and Matthew Scott Montgomery, as well as former choreographer Dani Vitale and several others, the documentary leaves no stone unturned, as Lovato talks addresses everything from her alcohol and substance abuse to her eating disorder, not to mention her family tragedies, her failed engagement to actor Max Ehrich and her own realizations about her sexual fluidity.

Directed by Michael D. Ratner, the result is an intimate and emotionally raw portrait — not of a troubled artist, but of a woman determined to reclaim her own identity and live her life as authentically as possible. And you don't necessarily have to be a fan of Lovato's music to relate to that.

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil screens under the Headliners section at the 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 40 min.

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