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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.
[Brugger] returns with a jaw-dropping exposé of postcolonial corruption; he's lucky he returned with his head.
You can imagine how this could have become a 1950s British comedy. It is all real.
'The Ambassador" is a sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.
The picture sometimes seems to have been assembled rather than creatively edited.
A stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.
Brügger seems very taken with his own cleverness-his too-cool-for-school attitude suggests that his ultimate aim is really to amuse himself.
A wild, darkly comic slice of nonfiction branded 'performative journalism' by its creator. Ballsy, attention-grabbing and a lot of fun for anyone with an interest in matters geopolitical.
Supposedly nothing is staged. Truthfully, so much of this film is stranger than fiction, it would require pure writing genius to come up with even a third of what transpires.
Taken as satire, this isn't particularly funny - but then, the corruption he's exposing is anything but a joke.
Brügger recalls gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who once went undercover with the Hell's Angels. Brügger has similar intentions, and mostly he succeeds. If only he had Thompson's way with words.
Give Brugger points for audacity and for a caustic wit that produces some solid laughs, yet the result isn't quite as eye-opening as perhaps he intended.
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