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

‘Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole: A Trip Across Latin America’
Keith Richards, left, and Mick Jagger in the documentary “Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America.”
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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.

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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.

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

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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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