words MARGARET APPEL
First and foremost, welcome to the OV’s latest cinematic blog installment: “Livin’ The Stream.” Each week I’ll be reviewing one (or more?) movie/television series featured in Netflix’s “Instant Watch” section, so as to help you sift through all the “straight to instant watch because it sucks” material, and pan for the true gold hidden beneath the stream. This way, the next time you’re perusing the nausea-inducing scrolling feature Netflix hasn’t managed to change yet, you can throw a flick in your queue based on something more than the “this-movie-must-be-good-because-it-has-a lot-of-those-movie-festival-branches” theory.
To get things started off with a bang, today I’ll be recommending 2007 documentary Please Vote For Me which can be found under the ‘Foreign Documentaries’ classification. Directed by Weijun Chen, the film takes place in Wuhan, China and centers around a third grade classroom holding an experimental democratic election for highly respected position of ‘class monitor.’ Of course, being that the students are unfamiliar with democracy (love that Communism!) and are a mere eight years old, the election process proves both lightheartedly hilarious and eerily reminiscent of the USA’s current race for the Republican presidential candidacy. Devoid of any narration, the film is 57 minutes of raw political debauchery from extremely cute third-graders.
The film features maniacal laughter and campaign sabotage, well-groomed rat tails, spontaneous group crying, hyper-involved parents, and one candidate who refuses to wear clothes in the home. The anticipation builds as each student makes different attempts to foil the campaigns of their competitors and woo classmates, and the final moments are filled with heated in-class debates that would certainly leave Rick Perry speechless.
Peep the trailer:
Rated: Birkenstocks out of Crocs