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Protagonist (2007)

Jessica Yu's documentary explores the relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men: German terrorist, a bank robber, an "ex-gay" evangelist, and a martial arts student.

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Jessica Yu's documentary explores the relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men: German terrorist, a bank robber, an "ex-gay" evangelist, and a martial arts student.

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What do a bank robber, a terrorist, a kung fu student, and a gay evangelist have in common? They're all just like you. See more »

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4 January 2008 | by (a Beach) – See all my reviews

Oh I wish I had studied Greek Literature in the University or even tried a little harder on the "Ancient Greek" class during the last three years in high school. If not anything else I would be able to be more accurate and informative for the reader of this comment about "Protagonist".

Sure thing is, my limited knowledge from my school years helped me a lot in understanding the concept of this one-of-a-kind documentary and appreciate its multi-level structure. There are so many levels you can approach the movie, that it seems an impossible task for me to put them all in here.

The easiest approach for me, and I guess for any viewer, would/will be to put his/her self in the same examination the director did with the lives of the protagonists. Needless to say this not only will us understanding our "heroes" but moreover ourselves, our choices and hopefully what we really want and what we really should do to get to that place.

The past is most commonly accused along with some "bad influences" by those who find their life leading them somewhere they don't feel they are meant to be. Sadly its not common for people to accept that they can chance the way their past is working on their present or future. And here comes Protagonist, showing us the path, exactly as Ancient Greek Tragedy did, that will lead us to self awareness and finally to happiness....

No second thoughts since you came this far. This is a very useful, interesting and perfectly structured film, so do yourself a favor, thee who read this, and go watch it!


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