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Adapted from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, Our Brand is Crisis follows a group of American political strategists battling to win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Sandra Bullock stars as ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine, persuaded out of retirement following a scandal by the prospect of beating her former nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton, who effortlessly steals every scene in which he appears). Believing that fear is the best weapon, she shifts the focus of the campaign to the somewhat baseless idea that Bolivia is facing a crisis from which only her candidate can save the country.

Although the film works as straightforward entertainment, there is much more going on beneath the surface in its sheer disbelief and anger at the Machiavellian strategies so common in American politics, as well as a subtle indictment of American foreign policy. (Notes by Kevin Coyne)

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107 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital


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