The President 2016

The President

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A brutal dictator comes face to face with the injustices committed by his regime when his country is taken over by revolutionists.

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  • Even though The President lacks some of the subtlety that made Makhmalbaf's previous work transcendent, this film is still a worthy testament to a fiery storyteller determined to use the medium as a necessary means of subversion.

    January 1, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

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  • Although Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf says "The President" was inspired by the turbulent events of the Arab Spring, there's also a timeless quality to this absorbing and powerful fable that provides added resonance.

    July 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Makhmalbaf makes you feel the enormity of the President's loss of self even if you don't actually feel for him.

    July 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Though the film's conclusion is viscerally harrowing (and very well staged, like most of the movie), its attempt to say something about how cycles of violence need to be ended in order for democracy to succeed tyranny seems vague and pat.

    June 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The actual moral of the story is more trite and utopian, but still powerful: Democracy can't take root until the impulse for vengeance is gone.

    June 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Many scenes seem designed to illustrate platitudes, at the expense of the narrative.

    May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

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