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In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy. Written by
Jane brings her co-worker to Bolivia and introduces her as Sarah LeBlanc. Later in the movie, Buckley introduces LeBlanc to Eduardo and his Bolivian friends as follows: "this is my underage judgmental friend LeBlanc. She is not real. And apparently, she doesn't have a first or last name either.It's just LeBlanc." As Buckley when present when Jane introduces LeBlanc, he knew her first name was Sarah. See more »
[to Jane sitting silently]
If you fight with monsters for too long, you become a monster. And if you stare into the abyss too long..."Whatever the fuckin' rest of it is. I don't know...
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'Our Brand is Crisis' is based upon the apparently true story of the wholly cynical manipulation of a presidential campaign in a Latin American country. With such subject matter, one would expect it to come across a lot more dark but unfortunately, this movie has a fairly laconic, wishy-washy feel to it. The promised head-butting between the two leads (Thornton and Bullock) comes across more as half-hearted ironic flirtation. The attempt at sentimentality at the end seems forced. I believe this movie would have played better as an unrepentant dark comedy, and also get the sense that it should have been a made-for-t.v. movie. There are some terrific location shots, apparently filmed in Bolivia, where the movie is set.
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