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53 Ratings

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Directed by Steve James
United States, 2016


A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Directed by Steve James
Disarmingly human moments – the Sung daughters, all high-powered lawyers, fret over their 80-year-old father’s disappointing sandwich – pepper this compelling courtroom drama.
July 09, 2017
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It’s not by chance that the Sung family make for great subjects. The things that make families interesting are the nuances of their relationships, but those aren’t always easy to identify. James works hard to establish a rapport with his subjects so that they feel comfortable revealing themselves… These private moments are the strongest of the film because they serve to personalise a story that’s otherwise quite parochial, offsetting some of the dense courtroom moments peppered throughout.
June 27, 2017
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James’ presentation of the Fung family – father, mother, and four professional daughters – is rife with compassion, sympathy and humour.
June 22, 2017
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