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The two-and-a-half-hour documentary The World's a Little Blurry provides close-ups of a dubious teenager named Billie Eilish. At the age of only 14, she had a meteoric rise to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
Award-winning director R. J. Cutler provides private glimpses into the life of Billie Eilish. The camera accompanies her on tour, but also allows intimate glimpses into the Eilish family home. Billie is also shown working on her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Witnessing the young pop star in private is something very special. Even before The World's a Little Blurry, Billie was best known for her flamboyant clothing style, ever-changing hair colors, and distinctive voice.
The young pop star suffers from Tourette's syndrome, which manifests itself through the appearance of motor and vocal tics. However, Billie does not let the disease get her down, but rather makes it one of her trademarks, along with her baggy look.
Billie Pirate Baird O’Connell was born in Los Angeles in 2001. Billie was born with a musical talent. Her parents were already active as actors, screenwriters, and musicians. Her breakthrough, however, is primarily due to her special relationship with her older brother Finneas. Together with Finneas, Billie writes her lyrics and he even joins her on stage at some concerts. Today, it is impossible to imagine the music world without the 20-year-old. She plays in sold-out stadiums, at festivals, inciting true hysteria among her fans.
The US-American achieved her breakthrough at the tender age of 14. "Ocean Eyes" was the name of the song that made her a global celebrity on the music platform SoundCloud.
Billie's older brother Finneas originally wrote the song for his own band. However, he discovered Billie's talent at a young age and recorded the song with her voice. "Ocean Eyes" immediately hit the charts, selling over 1.3 million copies and earning the teenager her first platinum record. Shortly thereafter, the music label Interscope took notice of the 14-year-old and signed her to a contract.
Billie's artistry stands out primarily for melancholy music with somber lyrics and crystal clear, breathy vocals. The artist's songs are about pain, despair, but also strength. In her lyrics Billie speaks honestly what she thinks. The music deals with teenage life, which is characterized by emotional chaos, and highs and lows. In the documentary The World's a Little Blurry, Billie is shown in her childhood bedroom while she scribbles song lyrics in her diary. The diary also features drawings of penises and vaginas, which again suggests that we are dealing with a pubescent teenager at the time of the video footage. Billie has no problems sharing her emotional chaos as well as her depressive mood with the public. Since the pop star claims never to be happy, the song lyrics turn out accordingly sad.
Although Billie suffers from severe self-doubt, she has very precise ideas about her music videos and stage shows. If something doesn't fit the young pop star's concept, she takes the helm herself. However, since she feels that writing lyrics is not really her thing, she enlists the help of her older brother Finneas. He has supported her from the beginning. The artist doesn't have to mince words in front of him and can speak openly and honestly about her feelings, according to The World's a Little Blurry.
The need to please everyone runs through Billie's stressful everyday life as a pop star. When Billie is dragged into a room full of supposedly important people after a performance, it's easy to see that she's anything but happy. With a tortured smile, she endures the 100th photo with fans. Afterwards, she complains to her mother about the obligation to be constantly passed around. After a concert, she just wants to be left alone for a moment, she says. Billie wants to be loved by her fans. This is evident when she injures her leg on stage at a festival in Milan. Sobbing, she is carried off the stage. However, when the fans applaud, the teenager seems happy again.
If you don't know the person behind Billie Eilish yet, The World's a Little Blurry is a must watch. The documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Billie's stage life and shows what the artist is like in private.
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Originally published on February 1, 2023, updated on February 3, 2023
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