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3.7
320 Ratings

The Red Chapel

Det røde kapel

Directed by Mads Brügger
Denmark, 2009
Documentary, Comedy

Synopsis

A trio of Danish comedians, calling themselves “the Red Chapel” and pretending to be regime sympathizers, infiltrate North Korea as part of a cultural exchange and mount an absurd variety show.

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The Red Chapel Directed by Mads Brügger

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2010 | Winner: World Cinema Jury Prize (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Critics reviews

A Borat-like performance experiment with considerably higher stakes than anything Sacha Baron Cohen has yet attempted… [The Red Chapel is] an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda.
December 29, 2010
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Partly due to Brügger’s regular self-examination, The Red Chapel turns out to be a surprisingly complex experience, rather than a simple exercise in laughing at backwards communists. Imagine Borat (2006) if Sacha Baron Cohen articulated the ethical quandaries posed by his mockery in the film itself.
December 28, 2010
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Under the devious guise of cultural exchange, Danish documentarian Mads Brgger leads a crack comedic duo deep into North Korean territory for a bravely gonzo travelogue. Uniting Sacha Baron Cohen’s daredevilry with Werner Herzog’s bombast, Brgger aims to expose “the evilness of North Korea” with a gloriously incoherent, kazoo-and-whoopee-cushion—inflected stage show starring a self-proclaimed “spastic.”
December 21, 2010
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