A romantic and very respectful portrait in which shivers often come: precisely every time Amy Winehouse sings...

There's a problem: as soon as Amy Winehouse starts singing, you get chills. Because the intention with which she does it is so necessary that it directly touches the guts of the public.

That now you find yourself sitting in the cinema in front of the big screen, to find her in the biopic directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Back To Black.

The film is a romantic and very respectful portrait, as it has been defined by the international press, of the life of the English singer and songwriter, played by an excellent Marisa Abela who plays the role of Amy from when she was a teenager to the stage of the Grammy Awards.

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Amy is many things. She is a little girl who grew up on jazz in a family of singers and musicians, a direct descendant of a grandmother who had performed on the international scene and with whom she has an extraordinary feeling.

She is aware of her talent: «I'm not a Space Girl», she declares to her first producer, even before signing the contract with the label that will bring her Frank, the first her album.

And again: «I'm not interested in money», she shoots the record companies in the face to explain to them that she writes songs because she doesn't know how to do it otherwise, as she will declare some time later in a radio interview. And when they call her into a meeting to tell her that she is not ready to land in America and that she has to work on her stage presence, she slams the door and leaves: she knows she knows how to speak to the public about her.

Amy is a delicate and fragile child who dreams of marriage and motherhood, but she is also a self-harming and self-destructive woman, incapable of not giving in to excesses. Amy is an extraordinary lover, a very sweet niece, a difficult daughter, an impossible artist, a completely crazy wife.

And of her total love, that for Blake Fielder-Civil (later her husband) of whom she sings in Back To Black, an extraordinary song that brought her success planetary, she will get hurt until she dies.

Until she was found dead from alcohol abuse in bed at her home in Camden Square on 23 July 2011. But this is not seen in the film. She stops before she does, she stops at the news, which is delivered to her by the paparazzi, of Blake's new life, with a new partner and a little girl, the one she never had.

Back To Black is a luminous story. It was written by Matt Greenhalgh, screenwriter of the film, who wanted to adopt Amy's point of view by looking for it in the music, in the lyrics of her songs, in her notebooks . And he did it in such a precise and meticulous way that for him,Amy is co-author of the film.

And if the stated objective was to tell the light and not let its legacy be darkness, what arrives on the screen is an amazing vital charge, an overflowing melancholy, a creative power wonderful and an unmanageable pain.

On the streets of London, in clubs and on tour, in her house, first as a little girl, then as an adult woman and finally in an apartment under renovation, while the walls take on shades of pink, in an exquisitely English and decidedly vintage style . An anachronistic girl, she will tell Amy about herself to her Blake about her as soon as she gets to know him.

And he will conquer her forever by introducing her to the 60s band Shangri-Las (with a wonderful scene in which he mimes the words of the song The Leader Of The Pack).

There is her music and the music that influenced her in this film. Which sounds like her, vintage, contemporary and disruptive. Like Amy Winehouse (and the chills she gives us).