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31 January 2003 (UK) See more »
What if someone came along who changed not the way you think about everything, but everything about the way you think?
Documentary about French philosopher (and author of deconstructionism) Jacques Derrida, who sparked fierce debate throughout American academia. | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Jacques Derrida ... Himself
Marguerite Derrida ... Herself
René Major ... Himself
Chantal Major ... Herself

Avital Ronell ... Herself
René Derrida ... Himself
Eddie Yeghiayan ... Himself

Directed by
Kirby Dick 
Amy Ziering  (as Amy Ziering Kofman)
Produced by
Gil Kofman .... associate producer
Amy Ziering .... producer (as Amy Ziering Kofman)
Original Music by
Ryuichi Sakamoto  (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
Cinematography by
Kirsten Johnson 
Film Editing by
Matthew Clarke  (as Matt Clarke)
Kirby Dick 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... sound mixer
Mark Z. Danielewski .... sound
Clifford 'Kip' Gynn .... sound mixer
David Scharf .... dialogue editor
Editorial Department
Adam Finberg .... assistant editor
Brian Jonason .... assistant editor
Allen Kelly .... colorist
Sandy Olkowski .... post-production assistant
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Music Department
Fernando Aponte .... score mixer
Fernando Aponte .... score recordist
Robert Miles .... composer: song "Improvisations Part 2" (as Roberto Concina)
Other crew
Steven C. Beer .... producer's representative
Mike Kahne .... titles
Eddie Schmidt .... thanks

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84 min
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Wasted Opportunity - A Home Movie Clip, 22 November 2002
Author: Josh from TX

After reading the rest of the reviews by the "critics" I realized a pattern -- all of them are familiar with Derrida and would love to know more about this man who apparently is very private. The film is like "a day in the life" to a certain degree so for those who always were dying to know what this man is like, it is extremely exciting for them. I was shocked and appalled that they praised this movie which is nothing short of ludicrous and absurd. Most of the critics lost complete perspective in their zeal to learn more about Derrida, a man who they know little about personally, and fail to criticize the film which really is a whole group of missed opportunities and is done in very amateurish fashion.

There are some golden moments but they are few and far between and could easily have been summarized in a 15 minute documentary rather than a full feature that seems only to try to prove, by "deconstructing" the documentary process that it is virtually impossible to do a documentary because the subject is aware of the camera and then doesn't act completely naturally. Unfortunately, the producers ram this point home with inane, superfluous shots of life designed to illustrate a phrase that a reader read in new age monotone, thus failing to even attempt to capture much of the mystery that the man is shrouded within and focus more on vague, abstract clips. Quite frankly, I thought the film was somewhat insulting to Derrida. I wasn't sure if many moments were an attempt to provide comedy in the film to keep the audience interested at the expense of the subject.

The critics can spout abstract praise and make comments about philosophy and deconstructionism (hoping to feel a "superior" thinker to the audience) but what this comes down to, unfortunately, is a very poor film with little preparation, poor questions, no follow up, no direction at all (regardless of the mystery of deconstruction, isn't the point of most films to captivate the audience?) that will only be interesting for fans of Derrida who want to see a little bit of this man's personality -- and even that is limited. I've become interested to find out what my friend found so interesting in Derrida's philosophy and I got nothing from it in this film.

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