Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 10th 2014. Before the NYFF schedule had been announced it was unknown, or at least unclear, to the public that she had been working on such a film. After My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010), this is her third film in a row that deals with the ramifications of 9/11. As a result, Ms Poitras is on a government watch-list for her activities.
Truthful to the spirit of its source material, this is a sore, savage comedy on man’s rebellion to approaching complexities of life.
Characters and plot machinations haphazardly enter as if they escaped from their own movie to the point where bewilderment becomes involuntary.
It exhibits the growing maturity of its director, who here gives little effort to show off or even charm.