Protagonist Poster

Release Date: November 30th, 2007

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2008

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

Production Co: Diorama Films

Distributors: IFC Films

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  • 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

  • Wu is able to demonstrate both the timelessness and the universality of stories which, on the surface, sound extreme and unique. show more

  • 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

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