A STRANGE LOVE AF­FAIR WITH EGO

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(Ester Gould, Nether­lands). 91 min­utes. Rat­ing: NN Pitched some­where be­tween doc­u­men­tary and es­say film, this is Ester Gould’s at­tempt to un­der­stand her spir­ited, out­go­ing older sis­ter Rowan through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of con­fi­dence and nar­cis­sism.

Gould in­ter­cuts an el­lip­ti­cal mem­oir of her child­hood with in­ter­views with a be­havioural psy­chol­o­gist and a Los An­ge­les en­tre­pre­neur, but there’s pre­cious lit­tle in­sight on of­fer. It just feels like a ther­apy ex­er­cise that’s es­caped into the public arena. NW Apr 28, 9:45 pm, TIFF 4; Apr 29, 3:15 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; May 7, 4:30 pm, Sco­tia­bank 7

(Josh Krieg­man, El­yse Stein­berg, U. S.). 100 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN When he was, er, ex­posed as an in­vet­er­ate sex­ter in 2011, mar­ried New York Con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­thony Weiner was forced to re­sign. Then he sur­prised every­one by de­cid­ing to run for New York City mayor in 2013, and al­lowed Josh Krieg­man and El­yse Stein­berg to film the cam­paign in his of­fice and his pri­vate res­i­dence. Turns out he con­tin­ued to sext and was ex­posed yet again.

This is a ter­rific por­trait of a man driven by ego – pre­cisely the rea­son he’d take the risk of be­ing the sub­ject of a doc­u­men­tary. But even more fas­ci­nat­ing is his wife, Hi­lary Clin­ton ad­viser Huma Abe­din, who à la Clin­ton – and TV’s The Good Wife – stands by her man.

The real coup here is that, de­spite the fact that Weiner is plainly ad­dicted to power, the doc oc­ca­sion­ally makes him sym­pa­thetic, es­pe­cially when one of his sex­tees tries to ex­ploit the sit­u­a­tion. SGC Apr 29, 3:30 pm, Is­abel Bader; Apr 30, 1 pm, Bloor Hot Docs; May 6, 6:30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs

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