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Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets. Wormwood sets a new standard for nonfiction filmmaking and finds Morris working on his grandest canvas yet.

--- Quote from: Errol Morris' Director's statement ---Isn’t journalism the pursuit of truth? But what if the truth proves to be elusive, hard to get at? How far does one go? Where does one stop? Are there limits, emotional and otherwise, to the pursuit of truth? Can it be injurious to one’s health? Here we have the story of one man’s sixty year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s death. Did he jump from a hotel window? Or was he pushed? And if he was pushed, why? What for? A shadowy world of hidden and imagined intentions coupled with dark and horrifying revelations. In many ways, a personal family story, but in many other ways, a story of America’s decline in the period following World War II. It asks the question: To what extent can a democracy lie to its citizens and still, in the end, remain a democracy?
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Directed by Errol Morris
Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Camargo, Scott Shepherd, Molly Parker, Jimmi Simpson, Bob Balaban, Tim Blake Nelson, John Doman, Hillary Gardner, Michael Chernus, Jack O’Connell, and Chance Kelly
Release Date - December 15, 2017 on Netflix


I like Errol Morris, but found this too long by half, needlessly repetitive, and somewhat over-stylish and overwrought.

loved this and personally found the length and morris’s formalist indulgences to be warranted and, well, great.  will be watching this again soon.

Really enjoyed this, too. The doc is thrilling but also unconventionally hilarious in the way that from the truth’s standpoint, these massive institutions are no match for this guy’s absolutely dogged use of common sense and grounded demeanor. He’s the Harvard graduate equivalent of a child asking “Why?”, “How come?”, “How does that work?” for 50 fuckin straight years. The dramatic recreations are also pretty great and tone-worthy, especially the scenes involving Molly Parker, who for my money elevates everything she appears in.


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