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The Ambassador (2011)
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Summary: What happens when a very white European man buys a diplomatic title which turns him into an African diplomat overnight – right in the middle of one of Central Africa's most failed nations? »The Ambassador« is a genre-breaking and tragic comedy about the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where gin and tonics flow on a daily basis and diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free. (The Danish Film Institute)
Country: Denmark
Directed By: Mads Brügger
Written By: Mads Brügger
AKA: Ambassadøren
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na LionEye
40
T1
na Ljusbus
7
T7
na AAAutin
50
T6
na fartblaster
74
T8
na donquixotic
0
T6
na Kavu
76
T7
Highly entertaining and informative, if a bit one sided view of corruption in Africa.
na petranero
81
T6
na Jarmann
80
T7
Not exactly in-depth in any way. Still, the suspense and the increasing paranoia is truly captivating.
na kino.dk
38
T6
na AndreasThau
55
T4
It's not a bad documentary, but it's messy and without a clear ambition or destination. Which becomes extremely clear during the unsatisfactory last 10 minutes. Visually, I think Winthereik has added a special something to the film, and of course Brügger has that special humor and nerve that he's known for in Denmark.
na schnofel
67
T7
na MurphDick
85
T7
na KMcNeil
6
T6
na abesempire
90
T7
na avgcrtckr
66
T8
na coldesser
80
T7
na KristianV
75
T6
na Evan D
70
T5
na theficionado
50
T5
The Red Chapel's fascinations come from the tensions between Brügger's mad method and Jacob's moral center. Missing here.
na bentien
65
T7
na Szeretlek
90
T6
na understamp
70
T7
na th_mertens
82
T9
Extremely balsy.
na samcoarse
97
T10
Agreeing to fund this film is like the CIA agreeing to pay the Cartel for a couple kilo's of coke a few times before the big sting. Yes, you can say Brugger has balls, which is he does. But he had a plan, that worked. That has worked 2500 times previously. With his live satire, he experiences first hand why Africa is currently a doomed continent. Even when his criminal plan seemed to fall apart, it was because the CAR's corruption appeared to swallow him whole. The whale sequence was grand.
na Frejs
50
T2
na waddayanuts
72
T5
na kastenm
76
T8
na Nordvig
70
T6
na Cyberedge
70
T6
na Kebapche
85
T8
na Langelund
70
T7
Visual proof that money can buy you anything, and that democracy, law and order still has a long way to go in Africa - well, we kinda knew that already. But, more importantly, Brügger depicts and describes the people involved as well as their methods in a thorough, deeply fascinating and original way, equally balancing moments of tragical horror with first class black humour.
na Sejersen
8
T9
na KasperL
60
T6
Whether or not it is all true, many good scenes makes for an entertaining film which is made with a sense of humor.
na begoniabol
70
T6
Really bizar. Wtf happened?
na dbentien
70
T7
na Kisbye
70
T5
na Timbo925
85
T9
na filmcave
74
T5
na kangadoodoo
50
T4
na filmaffinity
69
T8
na overrated
86
T10
The best outfits.
na trip9
75
T5
na BobShaftoe
85
T5
na AFlickering
3
T6
na nikolajrh
50
T3
na kinokkio
3
T6
na Kaptajnen
75
T7
na xacviant
90
T10
After his jaunt to North Korea in THE RED CHAPEL, Mads Brugger goes way, way farther here: obtaining fake diplomatic credentials from incredibly shady sources, posing as a Liberian envoy to the Central African Republic who seeks to open up a match factory, making deals with a blood diamond dealer--and that's not the whole story. Often hilarious (Brugger in jodhpurs dancing with a group of drunken Pygmies), tragic, frightening, and never less than gripping. Sacha Baron Cohen, eat your heart out.
na Leercrak
96
T7
na luisferreira
72
T7
na 12yots
90
T10
na Vedgie
85
T10
na Henrik
80
T8
Arguably one of the bravest and craziest films ever made. Brügger is part Borat, part Erroll Morris.
na Caro1989
90
T9
na yamface
6
T6
na gtsnuggler
3
T6
na nrm5
39
T2
na AVclub
8
T7
na filmcricket
73
T9
na nijil26
87
T8
na Pursus
45
T2
na imdb
72
T8
na tompota
70
T6
na Cowman
71
T6
na Bulldoggen
70
T7
na Kristianvo
86
T9
na Vmfs
6
T5
na AceySaid10%
88
T10
In the illustrious words of Joey from Blossom..."Whoa!"
na Meta Critic
69
T8
na roger-ebert
30
T6
na pmpfe
82
T6
na djemba
78
T7
na Toke Za
65
T7
na td888
87
T10
Wow, this guy has (lucky) balls of steel (diamonds maybe?). Crazy stuff. An absolute must see.
na KristianGSA
66
T5
na olestobbe
80
T8
na Bullt
71
T6
na comepelicula
80
T9
This documentary is madness, it’s all very very real and it’s sort of an experiment on how far can a man go to the chain of corruption (putting himself in real danger) and also see how far behind are some places in Africa from a republican culture. From a technical point of view is far from perfect, but the editing is well done and also that is not the important stuff. I won’t be buying diamonds after seeing this movie.
na Suldrup
65
T6
na cambel
67
T5
na d_drudges
60
T8
Pure madness. Mads Brügger plays the role of the sociopathic diplomat perfectly, but the documentary lacks focus, which is of course understandable given the circumstances. I found odd how the film passes the diamond cartel without a single comment, given how much they dabble with the things.
na Tjekhov
70
T7
I was pleased with setup, mainly, it's so far out it somehow becomes unbelievable. But it's real, and Brügger is a testament to that. A very believable performance. I particularly enjoyed his many speeches.
na Koblentz
4
T8
na Sheldrake
80
T9
na jaan
55
T1
na Thomassejer
70
T6
Average Tier 6.65 from 86 Rankings rss