I arrived in America’s airport with clothings, US dollars, and a jar of gypsy tears to protect me from AIDS. – Borat Sagdiyev
Today’s choice for LOL Wednesday is Borat (2006) Rating: 9/10
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is the mockumentary comedy written and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat is a journalist hired from the Ministry of Information of Kazakhstan to go to “U, S and A” in order to produce a cultural documentary. He gets distracted though when he sees an episode of Baywatch and falls in love with Pamela Anderson; he then decides to go to California to marry her.
Sacha Baron Cohen is almost unrecognisable behind his most known alter ego: moustache, fluffy hair and cheap suits profile this racist, inappropriate, naive character, who is not acquainted with Western etiquette and shocks with his politically incorrect opinions.
I laughed my head off when I first saw Borat, but the real strength of this film and of Sacha’s work in general is that most of the people are real, and what is depicted is their real reaction to the presence of such an unsettling presence.
Sacha creates characters able to show people’s true nature: Borat’s ingenuity, his openly voicing his unpopular thoughts and his being unaware of our common sense, put the people he interacts with in the position of not trying to make an effort to conceal their arrogance or disgust, revealing what the façade of bon-ton often conceals in our society.
Quoting Sacha himself: “Borat essentially works as a tool. By himself being anti-Semitic, he lets people lower their guard and expose their own prejudice ..and I think that’s quite an interesting thing with Borat, which is people really let down their guard with him because they’re in a room with somebody who seems to have these outrageous opinions. They sometimes feel much more relaxed about letting their own outrageous, politically incorrect, prejudiced opinions come out.”
Such a powerful work cannot leave anyone indifferent, so it obviously raised polemics and debates. Personally, someone so clever as to be able to deliver such an innovative, clever film, making it hilarious at the same time, deserves all the praise we can give from this humble, little post. If you haven’t done it yet, YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT! And Sacha, you’re an absolute genius. Period.
Borat directed by Larry Charles (Bruno, The Dictator). Starring also Ken Davitian, Luenell and Pamela Anderson. Music by Erran Baron Cohen.