×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

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."

With:
With: Samantha Geimer, Herve de Luze, Danielle Thompson, Karl Spoerri, Susan Gailey, Herve Temime, Bernard-Henri Levy, Linda Deutsch, Jay Fernandez, Roman Polanski.

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.

Popular on Variety

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Documentary

Production: A Partout presentation and production, in association with Films Distribution, Chaocorp Distribution, Perfect Weekend, Slated. (International sales: Films Distribution, Paris.) Produced by Lila Yacoub, Marina Zenovich. Executive producers, Steven Soderbergh, Randy Wooten, Michael Roban, Justin Moore-Lewy, Charlie Mason, Kyle Jackson, Alan Pao, Stephan Paternot, Jimmy Balodimas, David Milch, Barry Silbert, Lori Silbert, Zachary Aarons, Jason Hirsch. Co-producers, Sara Hutchison, Michelle Sullivan. Directed by Marina Zenovich. Written by P.G. Morgan, Chris A. Peterson, Zenovich.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Tanja Koop; editors, Peterson, Scott J. Gill; music, Mark degli Antoni; sound, Tyler Bender, Alex Hamm, Daniel Hobi, Ivo Schlapfer, Marco Teufen; supervising sound editor, Michael J. McDonald; re-recording mixer, McDonald. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (TIFF Docs), Sept. 7, 2012. Running time: 88 MIN.

Cast: With: Samantha Geimer, Herve de Luze, Danielle Thompson, Karl Spoerri, Susan Gailey, Herve Temime, Bernard-Henri Levy, Linda Deutsch, Jay Fernandez, Roman Polanski.

More Scene

  • Laverne Cox Charlie's Angels

    How Laverne Cox Landed a Cameo in Elizabeth Banks' 'Charlie’s Angels'

    Laverne Cox officially earned her wings, scoring a role in Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels.” But she revealed her cameo almost didn’t happen. When the Emmy-nominee heard that Elizabeth Banks was directing the film, the longtime fan of the franchise (and of Banks herself) reached out about being part of the project. Cox had previously worked with [...]

  • Lena Waithe'The Inheritance' Broadway play opening,

    Lena Waithe, Anderson Cooper Attend Broadway Opening of 'The Inheritance'

    “The Inheritance” pulls viewers in many directions — toward pain and hope, trauma and healing. It’s what brought stars like Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Lena Waithe to Broadway on Sunday — a chance to heal, to remember and grieve. Also in attendance for the premiere at the Barrymore Theater [...]

  • Cybill ShepherdTrevorLIVE, Show, The Beverly Hilton,

    'The L Word' Co-Stars Cybill Shepherd and Jane Lynch Reunite at TrevorLive

    Fans of Showtime’s “The L Word” will be happy to hear that Cybill Shepherd eagerly reprised her on-screen romance with former co-star Jane Lynch on Sunday night at the TrevorLive Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. While accepting the champion Award, Shepherd kissed Lynch not one, but twice. The “Moonlighting” star was recognized [...]

  • Rami Malek, Robert Pattinson and John

    Robert Pattinson Praises Fans for Raising Funds for Go Campaign: ‘It’s So Sweet’

    Robert Pattinson is giving back, but he’s even more impressed that his friends and fans are joining him in the fight. “It’s amazing,” Pattinson told Variety on the black carpet outside Neuehouse in Hollywood at the Go Campaign’s annual gala. “And they’ve done it every year. It’s kind of — it’s so sweet and I [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content