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The Ambassador (2012)



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This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic. Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul. As he immerses himself in the life-threatening underworld of nefarious bureaucrats, Brügger encounters blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder -- while somehow managing to crack amazing razor-sharp barbs at every step along the way. -- (C) Drafthousemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Mads Brügger, Maja Jul Larsen, Jaja Jul Larsen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2012
Box Office: $27.5k
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Critic Reviews for The Ambassador

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

At film's end, you'll probably feel like having a long, hot shower, metaphoric or otherwise, to wash away the mire Brügger has presented.

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
Globe and Mail
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[Brugger] returns with a jaw-dropping exposé of postcolonial corruption; he's lucky he returned with his head.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Chicago Reader
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You can imagine how this could have become a 1950s British comedy. It is all real.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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'The Ambassador" is a sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Boston Globe
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The picture sometimes seems to have been assembled rather than creatively edited.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Seattle Times
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A stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Ambassador

Mads is completely lunicidal! Some of the politics are pretty tough to follow, but the absurdity of it all, the corruptness throughout the stricken African landscape, the meddling of the Chinese, the tensions are pretty real. A good watch, to really put a face to African politics - or the lack thereof. The stuff with the head of Security had my heart beating. That dude has seen some stuff.

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