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Mitt

WHATEVER SIDE YOU’RE ON, SEE ANOTHER SIDE.¬†

mittAfter gaining special access to Mitt Romney’s family ahead of the 2008 Republican primaries, filmmaker Greg Whiteley ended up staying with the former Massachusetts businessman and Governor throughout his failure to beat John McCain, his almost inevitable lock on the GOP nomination four years later and finally election night 2012 when he comes to grips with the fact that his six-year-long hunt for the presidency is over. Not a documentary for political rookies; there are no interviews or clarifications, just an intimate camera capturing the candidate and his family at sensitive moments. Fascinating and revealing as it it takes the campaign down to earth and offers a portrait of a man who is relaxed and human ‚Äď the qualities we rarely see in a presidential candidate.

2014-U.S. 94 min. Color. Produced, written and directed by Greg Whiteley.

Trivia:¬†First shown at Sundance, then released on Netflix. Romney’s running mate, then-Congressman Paul Ryan, makes an appearance in the film’s second half.

Last word: “I really was under the expectation that we would film for a day, but for the next six years they just never said no. There was no issue of whether I‚Äôd keep filming from there on out, at least from the family‚Äôs standpoint. The campaign didn‚Äôt like me around. They put up plenty of resistance. But the family was on board from the moment I met them.” (Whiteley, Time)

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