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Michael Moore

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In his wryly titled new film, his first since 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore is in unusually mellow form, though as impassioned as ever, as he travels around Europe cherry-picking those ideas which he feels could be appropriated for the betterment of American society. From the Finnish education systems to Norwegian prisons and French school dinners, the focus is on the positive elements of the countries visited – in his own words, he is “picking flowers, not weeds”. Although the film may primarily target a domestic audience, it is difficult not to wonder why many of these ideas can’t be used in our own country. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

 

119 minutes. U.S.A., 2016. Digital.

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