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The Kingmaker (2019)



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Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family's improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda's present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family's history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch's extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda's comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.


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The Kingmaker is a terrifying film.

November 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a documentary that starts as a nonfiction portrait and ends as a political horror movie.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

You think it's going to be a kitsch piece for about 10 minutes... And then the film starts to take a very modern, political, and terrifying turn.

November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the most insightful portraits of what is basically sociopathic behavior excused by wealth and privilege that a documentary has ever produced.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Kingmaker" may end on a queasy note of alarm about the Philippines' future, but it also reminds us that we neglect the past at our peril.

November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

All of this makes The Kingmaker Greenfield's most urgent film by far, which only makes its lack of focus that much more frustrating.

November 7, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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