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‘Roadrunner’ examines Anthony Bourdain’s complex life and his death

There is, of course, a sense of inevitability about “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” Morgan Neville’sdocumentary.

Bourdain famously took one of the more unusual routes to television stardom: a middling chef who wrote an unexpected bestseller, used that success as a springboard into TV, first as a sort of roving chef in search of interesting and exotic food, then as a roving chef in search of more.

Just what he was searching for isn’t clear. But this much, the film makes clear: he never found it. Bourdain died by suicide in 2018 — a shock to audiences and some friends.

“Roadrunner,” however, lays out a convincing case that Bourdain was in pain for much of his life, desperate for answers. But even he may not have known the questions.