Waiting for B.
The charming “Waiting for B.” explores the outer reaches of fandom, profiling a hyper-devoted group of Beyoncé worshipers. Lacking the money to buy primo seats to a stadium concert in Sao Paulo, these Queen B. super-fans camp out for two months to edge as close as possible to the diva in standing room. Focusing on a dozen-or-so of the singer’s ardent followers — the word “fan” clearly doesn’t do them justice — the filmmakers follow several of the most passionate when they rotate off the queue (the camping is a cooperative venture). Particular attention is paid to a Beyoncé imitator, with the film offering revealing glimpses of her life as she rehearses, performs with her retinue of backup dancers, and visits home. “Waiting for B.” provides the expected interviews in which fans discourse on the myriad ways in which Beyoncé has influenced their lives, but it also includes some amusingly catty group discussions in which campers discuss the superstar in less than flattering terms. A few fleeting moments expose problems in Brazilian society — both racism and homophobia are frankly discussed and shown — but “Waiting for B.” primarily celebrates the unabashed enthusiasm of this South American branch of the Bey Hive.
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