The same year as Donald Trump managed to win the presidency in spite of having been caught on tape bragging about committing sexual assault, this documentary came that followed another disgraced politician hoping to make everybody forget about his personal transgressions. In 2011, Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress after a texting scandal; his campaign for Mayor of New York City two years later was a chance to redeem himself… but then came new sexting revelations that derailed everything, resulting in a different movie. Enthusiasm turns to disaster, starring an increasingly aggressive, frustrated and embarrassed Weiner. An intimate, painful portrait of a charismatic politician without self-control. The body language between him and then-wife Huma Abedin is particularly revealing.
2016-U.S. 96 min. Color. Produced and directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg. Screenplay: Josh Kriegman, Eli B. Despres, Elyse Steinberg.
Last word: ”It takes a preconception and challenges it. People arrive at this film with a judgment and sense of what happened that they’ve acquired from — in most cases through — modern media, sound bites, tweets, etc. But then you get to sit with a real person for an hour and a half and for a lot of people, that’s challenging. People come up to us afterward and tell us that the film transformed their sense of what the story was about and who Anthony is.” (Kriegman, Indiewire)