THE GOOD LIE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS FILM - DC

Di­rected by Philippe Falardeau. Star­ring Reese Wither­spoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Em­manuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, Femi Oguns, Sarah Baker

Oh, dear. Has any film been so weighed down by good in­ten­tions as this warm-hearted project con­cern­ing Su­danese refugees to the US in the early part of the cen­tury? This is the sort of

achingly wor­thy film that, when shown to school­child­ren in civics class, causes the poor tykes to yearn for dou­ble maths. The im­mi­grants are pa­tro­n­ised. Wither­spoon plays the white saviour. It’s a Unesco ed­u­ca­tional re­source cast in the style of an un­re­con­structed 1970s sit­com. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 109 min

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