Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2007)
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Documentary filmmaker Sara Lamm explores the life of the mental institute escapee, master soap-maker, and self-proclaimed rabbi whose all-natural soap would become a counter-culture cleaning product sensation and a staple of health food stores everywhere. In 1947 - after emigrating to the United States from Germany in order to escape the Third Reich and fleeing from a mental institution where he was forced to endure electroshock therapy - Dr. Emanuel Bonner finally realized his destiny. An
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What emerges is a complex portrait of a man who cares more for humanity than for his own children, often left to languish in orphanages while their father scoured bodies and minds.
The self-indulgent film also suffers from a lack of focus.
A bittersweet story of a family and the surprising effects a crusading eccentric can have on them.
Although the segments featuring Bronner's son, Ralph, veer uncomfortably toward hagiography, director Sara Lamm balances out the love fest by exploring the dark side of being a soap-hawking prophet and the toll that ALL-ONE-FAITH took on Bronner's family.
Swirl together hemp, peppermint, vitamin E and a huge dollop of weirdness, and you have one of the most strangely brewed documentaries in years.
A movie that means well and does no harm, only good. So there should be an audience for this mild, friendly little effort.
You know there's a story behind Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, and filmmaker Sara Lamm hopes you're interested in hearing it. Luckily the story behind the suds is a pretty good one.
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