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Anthony Weiner, still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career just two years prior, is back on the scene as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself.
Anthony Weiner was a promising young congressman on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Two years later, he is back on the political trail and running for mayor of New York City. He admits that the punchline is true: he did the dumb thing, but he did a hell of a lot of goods things too. And so he believes his progressive ideas will take precedence over his past indiscretions. So it begins. His campaign gets off to a stellar start with an unprecedented surge to the top of the polls. But it’s not long before things take a turn for the worse, and it quickly becomes apparent that Weiner couldn’t have been more wrong about his second chance.
As Weiner is forced to acknowledge new sexting allegations, history repeats itself. It’s not long before the media gets wind of the story, descending to dissect his every move. Determined not to give up but instead continue the fight, he desperately tries to forge ahead against seemingly insurmountable pressure. He and his aides desperately scramble to contain the damage of the new allegations, but their efforts are met with little success. Under the crippling 24 hour coverage of the press, Weiner makes a series of political errs – giving the finger to the press, slips of tongue, and sidestepping questions about the allegations – and as his errors are thrust into the spotlight and dissected by the public, things begin to descend into full scale chaos.
Winner of Best Documentary at Sundance Film Festival, and called ‘the best documentary about a political campaign ever made’ by Indiewire, we’re granted unprecedented front row access to Weiner, his family, and the campaign itself. This combined with the backdrop of of a loud, bustling, and ever-ambitious New York, we’re plunged into a baffling campaign but with unflinching humour, clarity, and pathos. The result is somewhere between political farce and personal tragedy, a compelling political portrait, flaws and all.