In the Netflix Original documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga offers a vulnerable look at her life during one of the most pivotal periods in her career yet. Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York, Me at the Zoo), the film is shot in the style of cinéma vérité, giving viewers unfiltered, behind-the-scenes access as Gaga spends time with close friends and family members, records and releases her 2016 album Joanne and deals with personal struggles.
Moukarbel’s compelling portrait captures Lady Gaga’s life over an eight-month period. On top of professional triumphs, viewers will see her cope with intense emotional and physical pain. Other moments reflect more ordinary aspects of her life, whether it’s attending a family christening, visiting her grandmother or cooking and playing with her dogs at home. The film may help viewers understand how all of these experiences contribute to Gaga’s art – and how, in just a few years, the 5-foot-2 performer has become such a relatable and beloved figure worldwide.
The result is a surprisingly emotional rollercoaster ride around a modern music artist’s life as Lady Gaga - real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta - allows herself to be captured at her most vulnerable.
Gaga: Five Foot Two has been celebrated by critics and high-profile celebrities. Actress and Girls creator Lena Dunham has hailed it as “one of the most revealing acts of feminine rebellion you will ever witness”.
Here are five things within Gaga: Five Foot Two that took us completely by surprise.
Warning - May contain spoilers...
Even Lady Gaga deals with sexism
Lady Gaga is known for her androgynous look and take-no-prisoners attitude, but even she cannot escape patriarchy or sexism. In Gaga: Five Foot Two she recounts past experiences in her climb to stardom when she felt inferior to her male counterparts, such as when male producers and music executives put pressure on her to be more sexually provocative.
She suffers from a chronic pain disorder
Behind her enigmatic persona, Lady Gaga is suffering from a rare and chronic pain disorder, fibromyalgia. This muscular disorder can cause extreme pain throughout the body, and unfortunately little is known about its causes or its best treatment options.
Family are everything to her
Lady Gaga has always been elusive when it comes to her personal life, but in Gaga: Five Foot Two she completely lets her guard down with regards to her immediate family.
She reignites a feud with Madonna
Madonna infamously called Lady Gaga’s music “reductive” in 2012, lighting a bitter feud between the two pop megastars.
Gaga addresses the feud in Gaga: Five Foot Two, and says she wishes Madonna would simply criticise her to her face rather than during public interviews.
She’s overcoming anxiety disorders
Lady Gaga’s image is one of extreme self-possession and self-confidence, but Gaga confesses in Gaga: Five Foot Two that for years she was riddled with self-doubt and suffered from extreme anxiety.