Owen Gleiberman
October 24, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
125 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/26/07
director
Jonathan Demme
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Forget the homespun title. As we follow the former president through the media glare of his book tour for Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, director Jonathan Demme creates a gripping meditation on the very hot-button-ness of the Israeli-Palestinian question. Was Carter wrong to analogize Israeli policy with that of white South Africa? That’s Jimmy Carter Man From Plains‘ obsessive issue, and it’s galvanizing to see it played out through the furious contradiction of Carter’s personality. He is pious, stubborn, compassionate, testy, moral, unreasonable, and wise. B+

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST