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The Red Chapel

The Red Chapel (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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"The Red Chapel" is the name of small experimental theater troupe from Holland that was formed by a pair of Danish performers of Korean descent. Or at least that's what the North Korean government was led to believe when they gave them permission to do a performance tour of the country; in truth, "the Red Chapel" was formed by a pair of improvisational comics (who are in fact of Korean heritage) and a radical journalist who traveled to North Korea in hopes of using subversive, satirical

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Documentary, Comedy, Special Interest

Oct 4, 2011

$5.7k

Lorber Films

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Rarely has comedy been as unnerving as it is in The Red Chapel. Perhaps that's because it's hard to tell who the joke is on. One thing's for sure, though: North Korea isn't laughing.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Things might not go quite as Brügger planned, but as is so often the case, that seems to have been for the best.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The Red Chapel becomes an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Sloppy even by guerrilla filmmaking standards.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Comedy of the absurd meets the country of the absurd in The Red Chapel, a clear-eyed and inspired documentary about the folly that is North Korea.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Brügger, borrowing moves from the Herzog playbook (including sardonic voiceover) prevaricates continuously, skewering the hapless state at every opportunity.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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Every documentary has an agenda, one supposes, but this would-be-serious condemnation of North Korea, lacking actual back-up or essential humor, merely consists of one man's obsessive and puerile snarkiness.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The director's ploys are stymied by the very national illusion he contends masks death camps and a citizenry's consuming fear.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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