A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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There's a splendid audacity in Baichwal trying to bring to the screen something as idea-driven as Atwood's book.
Baichwal could have devoted a single film to just BP's disgraceful behavior.
Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the environmental-spiritual.
Adapting non-fiction to cinema can be tricky even for a documentarian, but Jennifer Baichwal makes a game effort at turning Margaret Atwood's book-length essay Payback: Debt And The Shadow Side Of Wealth into a movie.
Despite trying to fit both the ancient Albanian Kanun legal code and the fate of the environment on the same procrustean bed, Baichwal's free-flowing essay film stands as a thoughtful and compelling meditation on global interconnectivity...
You can't help feeling that the movie owed its subject - and its audience - a bit more.
Brings to life serious discussions of philosophical issues through impassioned case studies [but] works too hard for an upbeat ending.
An earnest and edifying documentary on the philosophical and ethical ramifications of debt as something owed.
Makes similar points as several other docs, but in a more labored and tedious way.
Three real-life horror stories are linked by the theme of debt in this informative but sometimes wandering doc.
This doc on the many forms of human debt, though often frustratingly broad, offers a path to balancing civilization's ledger with a hard-nosed brand of altruism.
Cinematic globe-trotting doesn't necessarily trump reading a good book, it turns out; then again, more movies should be burdened with the flaw of being too intellectually curious.
Baichwal continues to disappoint me. In this case, her net is cast too broadly regarding the issue of debts. You get the sense that any of the topics would worth a documentary unto themselves. Instead we get a mishmash of stories with a tenuous connection and featuring the ever 'delightful' Conrad Black.
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