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R| 1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
Documentarian Jessica Yu captures the lives of four disparate men who share a thread of commonality by evoking the dramatic structure of the Greek playwright Euripides. The group includes a German man who turned to terrorism; an abused son who became a bank robber; an evangelist claiming to be an "ex-gay" through religion; and a martial arts student who faced bullying in school. Each man, having experienced a troubled childhood, turns to his own method of therapy.


Director: Jessica Yu

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: IFC Films

Protagonist (2007)

Release Date: January 22nd, 2007|1 hr. 30 min.

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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    At first, the technique seems gimmicky, but finally it's as compelling a perspective as any to understand how these men passed through agony to some sort of peace. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Yu's experimental approach brings valuable insight to the human condition, the interviews themselves too rarely measure up to her ambitious structure. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Although it takes a while for Yu's thesis to jell, the film makes a lasting impression as it delves into an unfashionable territory: character as fate rather than a function of pharmaceuticals. show more

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