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Mais im Bundeshuus: le génie helvétique (2003)

"Mais im Bundeshuus - le génie helvétique" ("Corn in Parliament") is a vertiginous journey down the corridors of the Federal Parliament building in Bern. Constructed as a feature film, it ... See full summary »
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"Mais im Bundeshuus - le génie helvétique" ("Corn in Parliament") is a vertiginous journey down the corridors of the Federal Parliament building in Bern. Constructed as a feature film, it follows the adventures of a parliamentary committee established to create a bill on genetic engineering (Gen-Lex). This political thriller reveals both sides of the coin, namely that of those who have invested, economic interests and of those who fear the negative effects of this revolutionary technology. Amusing, tender, and humane, all the while clearly illustrating the limits of the system, the film functions as a tale of universal power. Written by Anonymous

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3 November 2004 (France)  »

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Politics on a corny issue
21 October 2003 | by (Basel, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This movie offers a very good insight in modern day democracy as it is practiced in Switzerland. Being left out of the actual meetings of the commission, the camera follows our protagonists in their breaks while slowly unraveling the mystery of how new laws are created.

The really good thing about the whole film is the absence of a personal agenda, meaning, that the camera just shows. It's just there, collecting information, never to take a side. As the debate progresses, we see other sides of argumentation and suddenly we start to see the motivations behind the statements. Actually it felt really good to be forced to just watch and listen, not to be part of the discussion. People we don't like come up with topics, that we can relate to and vice versa.

On a technical side, I was a bit let down, that the camera always showed about the same portrait shots. A wider angle-diversity or intercuts with some details like moving hands while talking couldn't have harmed. As it is, it's just talking heads, substance over style.


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