The third feature-length docu about Roman Polanski’s legal troubles in almost as many years, Marina Zenovich’s “Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out” is a largely gratuitous and self-indulgent sequel to the filmmaker’s widely seen and justly acclaimed “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.” As part two of Zenovich’s saga opens, her hunch that the first film, which made festival, cable, theatrical, Oscar-campaign and DVD rounds in 2008, might well have helped place Polanski under house arrest appears to flatter her, but not to compel her into a pointed investigation. Limited theatrical play won’t inspire unanimous kudos this time.
To justify her redundant film, Zenovich might have pursued an investigative inquiry into whether one’s life in the spotlight inevitably imitates one’s biography, for example. Instead, belabored evidence suggests the Obama administration played a part in the most recent woes of a man who long ago admitted his unlawful relationship with a 13-year-old girl and has arguably eluded justice for much of the time since. Revelation and intrigue remain at a bare minimum, although, as before, a jolting pop tune by Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner graces the end credits.