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The Ambassador (Ambassadoren) (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) Drafthouse

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Brügger seems very taken with his own cleverness-his too-cool-for-school attitude suggests that his ultimate aim is really to amuse himself.

November 5, 2013 | Full Review…
Film Comment Magazine
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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.

January 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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.

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

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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A stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.

August 31, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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Part muckraking nonfiction film, part performance piece, it is a nervy documentary guaranteed, depending on who you are, to enlighten, disturb or offend.

August 30, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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