The Red Chapel (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Red Chapel
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.
Things might not go quite as Brügger planned, but as is so often the case, that seems to have been for the best.
The Red Chapel becomes an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Red Chapel
A Danish filmmaker and two Danish/Korean comedians, one of them mentally handicapped go to North Korea to put on a show, and come back with a surprisingly moving act of cinematic subversion, as they slyly undermine Kim Jong-Il's regime unbeknownst to their strict but oblivious handlers. At once a gleefully underhanded "Punking" of the Dear Leader, and a frightening look at real life 1984 run amok. Its real achievement, however, is its heartbreaking and multifaceted look at real North Koreans trapped in a repressive regime.
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