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"Meeting Gorbachev," though consistently engaging, is less a fireworks display than a fireside chat, and so feels curiously like an opportunity missed.
Herzog's film may not be the final word on Gorbachev, but it is affectionate and candid and leaves audiences in a melancholy mood about the sometimes short-lived nature of reform.
It's ultimately because of Gorbachev's seeming unwillingness to fit the director's usual mold that Meeting Gorbachev is able to become such a different and engaging bio-doc.
Herzog has a knack for extracting pithy, poetic responses from his subjects, but here he outdoes himself.
It's a compelling piece of portraiture, clearly done from a place of admiration and respect.
Still, Herzog is quite correct in his characterization when he cites the Greek concept of kairos: the right man for the right moment.
Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. All thanks to Herzog's keen eye.
Herzog is,an affable and curious interlocutor, and Gorbachev is engaged and on point, insightfully discussing his nation's past and present. But there's a slightness to the thing, as if this was a nice diversion for both men between projects.
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