L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) (2007)
Critic Consensus: Terror's Advocate is a fascinating portrayal of a controversial political figure; both morally unsettling and emotionally gripping.
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Critic Reviews for L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate)
The movie functions crackingly well as a non-fiction international thriller.
The lawyer's intense isolation, his solitary, perverse rage against the world, against France, against conventional opinion, is felt most deeply.
Schroeder's film, which combines interviews with many of the key figures in Vergès' career with grainy historical footage, lets its subject speak for itself but leaves little doubt of where the filmmaker stands.
For just a moment, ignore politics. Consider Jacques Vergès simply as star. The radical French lawyer is an absolutely compelling figure onscreen: exotic, resolute, beguilingly smug.
Jacques Vergès makes for compelling documentary film fodder: He is arrogant, cosmopolitan, politically unpredictable and enmeshed in the roots of modern international terrorism.
Audience Reviews for L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate)
Someone has to defend them I suppose. Here is the tale of the man who defends the undefendable. A friend of Carlos the Jackal and Nazis etc. The question to be asked why anyone would seek to assist these individuals. While the film doesn't end up definitively answering those questions, it nonetheless gives us a portrait of a unique if not defendable individual.
Upsetting, Frustrating, and Fascinating describes Terror's Advocate for me. I was pretty new to most of the material covered in the movie. So watching it with subtitles felt like a History Lecture without taking notes. Alot of it was frustrating to watch for me because you had full on terrorists/murderers sitting in a beautiful house being interviewed like its no big deal and what they did was okay and justified. I hope they make a movie based on the documentary cause there is tons of details to be covered that only a film could do it justice.
This movie jumps around the globe and in time so much I couldn't keep track of all the names and dates. There are occasional glimpses into this guys psyche (a strange combination of activist, defender of the defenseless, and amoral supporter of terrorists and murderers). But the story is too confusing and jumbled to keep track of the timeline. If I were a studying this guy, I'd have to watch this movie two or three times with diagrams and a notepad to understand what it's trying to say. Maybe that's just the way Verges wants it...
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