TIFF review: Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog's documentary discussion with the man who ended the Cold War is pleasant and insightful but feels slight

MEETING GORBACHEV DOCS D: Werner Herzog, André Singer. UK/US/Germany. 90 min. Sep 10, 9 pm, TBLB 1 Sep 11, 4 pm, Scotiabank 4 Sep 15, noon, Scotiabank 1. See listing. Rating: NNN

The title is slightly misleading. Yes, the beloved Bavarian filmmaker sits down for a pleasant chat with the man who ended the Cold War, but Herzog’s interview with Mikhail Gorbachev also leads to an examination of the moral rot within the USSR that allowed Gorbachev to come to power in the first place.

Herzog is, as always, an affable and curious interlocutor, and Gorbachev (who at 87 bears a remarkable resemblance to Ed Asner) is engaged and on point, insightfully discussing his nation’s past and present.

But there’s a slightness to the whole thing, as if this was a nice diversion for both men between more important projects.

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