Kevin Macdonald's Whitney is having its world premiere tonight out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and Miramax and Roadside Attractions are priming the pump by unveiling the official trailer for the documentary that digs deep into the life of Whitney Houston. Though the possessor of an otherworldly voice, the parts of Houston's life not covered in the glitz of the stage are shown in measure; this is not limited to the scandals that surrounded her but reaches her everyday humanity.
On why Houston never told her mother, Jones said the late singer was probably "ashamed".
The biggest bombshell comes near the end, as Macdonald digs into whether Houston may have been carrying around childhood trauma that affected the course of her troubled life.
"Being a child-being seven, eight, nine years old-and being molested by a female family member of mine".
Their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died at a hospice in 2015 at the age of 22, six months after she was found unresponsive in a bath.
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Whitney debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in a midnight screening on Wednesday and the first official USA trailer just hit the web.
The Times's Ed Potton gave it a four-star review while The Telegraph's Tim Robey was more lukewarm, giving it three stars and writing: "The film is oddly unmoving as a memorial, but as with Amy Winehouse, it inspires a collective mea culpa for the feeding frenzy of public judgement that only turned to sympathy when it was far too late".
"There was something very disturbed about her, because she was never comfortable in her own skin..." A clip of Whitney Houston saying, "I'm singing music from my heart", plays, and then the screen switches to her mother. She seemed kind of asexual in a unusual way.
Whitney explores other aspects of her sexuality as well, including her alleged affair with longtime friend Robyn Crawford.
"Shortly after thinking that, someone did tell me off the record about being told by Whitney about being abused, and it being one of the central reasons behind her self-torture", he continued. "I think it's all about her family, really".