You All Are Captains

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A further entry in the rapidly proliferating, rich vein of documentary/fiction hybrids, Oliver Laxe's You All Are Captains channels the meta-textuality, genre bending, and sensitivity towards children found in the best work of Abbas Kiarostami and François Truffaut. Laxe himself stars as a self-described "neo-colonialist" filmmaker who goes to Tangiers ostensibly to hold a series of film workshops for disadvantaged street children. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Laxe's intentions are not purely disinterested, as he begins to turn these children into pawns in the service of his own film. As the kids resist Laxe's project, the film becomes a fascinating combination of self-reflexivity, self-deprecation, and documentary portraiture (of the children and of life in Tangiers). -- (C) Anthology


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A kind of tone poem that slowly but surely casts a spell over the viewer.

Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Is it reality being captured or drama staged for the camera? Truth or fiction, or both?

Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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I can't say I enjoyed it, but I acknowledge that "You All Are Captains" has something to express that can't be said except the way it's said, and that way there be art.

Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[A] brilliantly constructed deconstruction of "truth" versus "fiction."

Oct 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Poignant and dryly, philosophically ironic.

May 23, 2011 | Full Review…

Ultimately, what is a worthy premise is squandered, as the delineation between fact and fiction is never satisfactorily examined.

Oct 3, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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