Michael Moore’s New Documentary Turns Heads At TIFF For Its Positivity


The Toronto International Film Festival has officially begun its 40th year, and although there were some heavy hitters on opening night like Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition, it was Michael Moore’s new documentary Where To Invade Next That everyone is talking about today.

Throughout his career Michael Moore’s work has been controversial, pessimistic, and usual extremely critical of the way things work in the United States, and Where To Invade Next was thought to be in a similar vein. After all, the title smells of Moore’s usual work. It’s not though, and when the premiere was over last night in the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto, Moore’s latest documentary received a standing ovation.

What was expected was a look into America’s wars and how they can usually be viewed at as being waged over gain for the country, but instead it looks at the positive policies other countries have employed and how they get it right. It offers positive ways that America could adopt those policies for their own. During the Q&A session after the film, Moore called it “Mike’s Happy Movie”. Unlike his previous films that focused on the problems in the U.S., it focused on solutions. To do make such a drastic change in his style, he had to film the entire movie out of country, a move he called devastating.

At this point there is no release date for Where To Invade Next, his first movie since 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story, due it part to the film not yet having a distributor. We have a feeling however that it will be in theatres if not by the end of the year, then by the start of the next.


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