Review: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards visit Cuba in rock doc ‘The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America’

Technically more a travelogue than a traditional concert film, Paul Dugdale’s “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America” is an intimate chronicle of the band’s 2016 tour leading up to their historic Cuban concert.

As the Stones travel from Argentina, where the enjoy a particularly rabid following, to Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia, veteran music documentarian Dugdale captures some terrific, reflective moments, including a poetic open air performance in the middle of a persistent São Paolo rainfall.

Even with the intense behind-the-scenes logistics surrounding their big March 25 Havana gig (which had to be pushed back after President Obama’s own historic visit) there’s a genuine ease between Mick and the septuagenarian boys.


And although the film might stint on full renditions of their songs, one of the few played in its entirety is a gorgeous, relaxed acoustic version of “Honky Tonk Women” delivered by Mick and Keith in a vacant dressing room.

Following Martin Scorsese’s decidedly more immersive, performance-oriented “Shine a Light,” this group portrait feels a bit like a DVD bonus feature.

Those craving more will have to wait until the Nov. 11 DVD release of “Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba,” also directed by Dugdale, but in the interim, “Olé, Olé, Olé!” still gives Stones fans sufficient reason to cheer.


‘The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America’

In English, also Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles

Not rated

Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Playing: Downtown Independent, Los Angeles

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