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The Ambassador (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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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.

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
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.

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

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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'The Ambassador" is a sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Boston Globe
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The picture sometimes seems to have been assembled rather than creatively edited.

September 6, 2012
Seattle Times
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A stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
New York Post
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3/31/16 Sundance Doc Club What a story, what a corrupt world. How did Brugger get out alive? This is an amazing look into a society and way of life you could not imagine much less make up. There are some really slimy people in the world and this film finds them under every rock.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

As a film, The Ambassador is fascinating. Danish provocateur/journalist Mads Brügger embeds himself in the dangerous and twisted world of the African business diplomat. With sketchy, black market credentials, the character he's playing moves from Monrovia, Liberia to Bangui, Central African Republic in search of blood diamonds but under the pretense of building a third-world-saving match factory. The real Brügger, it seems, wants to expose the actual men who participate in these abhorrent transactions, but at what cost? The film admirably addresses the moral quagmire it finds itself bogged down in by calling attention to the men who are counting on Brügger to live up to his promises of investing and creating jobs in the area. But for all the time Brügger spends darkly sending up this diplomatic culture (what with his leather boots and cigarette holder), it's hard to enjoy yourself watching The Ambassador. The film, as you might have guessed by this point, is a documentary along the lines of Exit Through the Gift Shop and Catfish. The access Brügger gains into the upper levels of the Central African Republic government is nothing short of astonishing. He films his meetings with them in what must be the only safe style-using either a handheld camera operated by an unknown associate or using hidden cameras rigged to his person or in his apartment. Lord knows what would have happened to Brügger if one of these cameras was discovered. It's such a ludicrous situation that one can't help but as least question the legitimacy of it all. Were these people in on Brügger's joke the whole time? Certainly not all of them, as we learn late in the film that one interviewee was found dead (though there doesn't seem to be any connection whatsoever to Brügger). But a good portion of The Ambassador's budget must have been spent on paying off these high-ranking government officials-some good, old-fashioned "Don't kill me, please" money. Brügger doesn't flinch when dealing with any of these people-the mark of an outstanding performer. But one wonders how he could emotionally remove himself from these people and this situation so thoroughly. That's the mark of someone with a few screws loose. Whether you view The Ambassador as a brilliant piece of gonzo journalism or a despicable, deceptive mockumentary that manipulates third-world men and women, it's hard to argue against the film's originality. I can guarantee you won't see anything like The Ambassador this year.

John Gilpatrick
John Gilpatrick

I could never fully understand everything that was going on. the basic thing i got was first world governments work together with the corrupt governments of africa for money.

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