Magazine article Variety

Citizenfour

Magazine article Variety

Citizenfour

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CITIZENFOUR (OpenfloadJ

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Editor: Mathilde Bonnefoy

itizenfour" is the modem cousin of post-Watergate thrillers like "Three Days of the Condor," but with the simmering suspense that only real life and thoughtful editing can deliver. Editor Mathilde Bonnefoy, understanding that the greatest drama is truth, allows the documentary to unfold with the quiet, persistent tension of a ticking timebomb. The relaxed tempo, a rhythmic opposite of Bonnefoy's frenetic "Run, Lola, Run," is equally propulsive. "Citizenfour" details an intimate conversation with CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room while preparing to expose the scope of government eavesdropping. The film's suspense is not found in the epic events that played out on the world stage. Rather, it's in quiet moments like Snowden fussing over his hair or ordering a hotel meal, as his revelations begin to shake the world and he prepares for a life on the run. …

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