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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)

Genre: Documentary

Country: Denmark

Directed By: Mads Brügger

Written By: Mads Brügger

Starring: Mads Brügger, Eva Jakobsen

AKA: Ambassadøren

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1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 56 stars)
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luisferreira luisferreira
72T7
Meta_Critic Meta Critic
69T8
waddayanuts
72T5
jimbeam1
60T2
Leercrak
96T7
Mortal
80T7
Sheldrake Sheldrake
80T9
kino.dk
38T6
roger-ebert
30T6
Kaptajnen Kaptajnen
75T7
filmcricket
73T8
abesempire
90T7
KristianV KristianV
75T6
dbentien
70T7
Odinos Odinos
70T4
kinokkio
3T6
filmcave
76T7
yamface yamface
6T6
Henrik Henrik
80T8
Arguably one of the bravest and craziest films ever made. Brügger is part Borat, part Erroll Morris.
Caro1989 Caro1989
90T9
filmaffinity filmaffinity
70T8
overrated overrated
86T10
The best outfits.
imdb imdb
72T8
Vedgie
85T9
AVclub
8T7
KasperL KasperL
60T6
Whether or not it is all true, many good scenes makes for an entertaining film which is made with a sense of humor.
Bulldoggen Bulldoggen
70T7
12yots
90T10
Kristianvo
86T9
Szeretlek
94T8
gtsnuggler
3T6
pmpfe pmpfe
82T6
Byder Byder
71T7
schnofel schnofel
67T7
Bullt Bullt
71T6
coldesser
80T6
KristianGSA
66T5
Toke Za
65T7
Pursus Pursus
45T2
Cyberedge
70T6
Thomassejer Thomassejer
70T6
Mattias1
90T10
nrm5
39T2
batkojohny batkojohny
83T10
8raz 8raz
73T6
Kebapche Kebapche
85T8
donquixotic
40T2
Yet another self-important documentary maker sticks himself in front of the camera to expose himself more than whatever he's supposed to be illuminating. The style is messy and lacking in much needed editing and Mads Brugger just irritates me
Vmfs
6T5
Ljusbus Ljusbus
7T7
LetterRip
0T1
thmertens th_mertens
82T9
Extremely balsy.
Cowman Cowman
71T6
AndreasThau AndreasThau
55T4
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.
sinseer
60T3
nikolajrh nikolajrh
50T3
AFlickering AFlickering
63T5
Frejs
50T2
cambel cambel
67T5
Solyaris
70T7
BobShaftoe
85T5
comepelicula comepelicula
80T9
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.
AlienIndie AlienIndie
76T9
ddrudges d_drudges
60T8
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.
trip9
75T5
KMcNeil KMcNeil
6T6
bentien
65T7
nijil26
87T8
Evan_D Evan D
70T5
theficionado
50T5
The Red Chapel's fascinations come from the tensions between Brügger's mad method and Jacob's moral center. Missing here.
jaan
55T1
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
olestobbe
80T8
brickwall brickwall
77T8
DMCrimson DMCrimson
81T7
marhlew
80T9
Langelund Langelund (CinemaZone.dk)
70T7
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.
Timbo925
85T9
Sejersen
8T9
10kfilms
80T8
rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
80T6
td888 td888
87T10
Wow, this guy has (lucky) balls of steel (diamonds maybe?). Crazy stuff. An absolute must see.
understamp understamp
70T7
AAAutin AAAutin
50T6
jkwall jkwall
4T8
Kavu Kavu
76T7
Highly entertaining and informative, if a bit one sided view of corruption in Africa.
begoniabol begoniabol
70T6
Really bizar. Wtf happened?
kastenm kastenm
76T8
redacted redacted
98T10
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.
djemba djemba
78T7
Nordvig Nordvig
70T6
Koblentz Koblentz
4T8
MurphDick
85T7
Suldrup Suldrup
65T6
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
67T9
pacer
90T10
xacviant
90T10
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.
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
50T4
LionEye LionEye
40T1
Kisbye
70T5
TonyS.
85T10
Tjekhov Tjekhov
70T7
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.
fartblaster fartblaster
74T7
tompota
70T6
AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
88T10
In the illustrious words of Joey from Blossom..."Whoa!"
Jarmann Jarmann
80T7
Not exactly in-depth in any way. Still, the suspense and the increasing paranoia is truly captivating.
petranero
81T6
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