You'll never see politics the same after this raucous documentary. Following his country's economic meltdown, acerbic Icelandic comedian Jon Gnarr launches his own political party, The Best Party. His platform? Free trips to Disneyland, more polar bears at the zoo, and refusing to work with anyone who doesn't watch The Wire. But when support for Gnarr's wacky mayoral bid surprisingly snowballs, what started out as a joke quickly captures the imagination of a nation desperate for a change.
Full documentary (with subtitles) here.
This doc is really really great. It's almost a comedic documentary following comedian Jon Gnarr's rise to Mayor of Reykjavík. He was diagnosed as having ADHD and learning difficulties as a child. He has never been to university. He worked as a taxi driver. He is, essentially, the polar opposite of a career politician. He founded his political party six months before elections, and won. It is an amazing, funny, and captivating story of political change.
Just to give you an idea of what to expect, here is a selection of policies of the Best Party;
- Stop corruption: We promise to stop corruption. We'll accomplish this by participating in it openly.
- Free bus rides for students and cripples: We can offer more free things than any other party because we aren't going to follow through with it. We could say whatever we want. For example, free flights for women or free cars for people who live in rural areas. It's all the same.
- Free access to swimming pools for everyone and free towels: This is something that everyone should fall for, and it's the election promise we're most proud of.
- Listen more to women and old people: This bunch gets listened to far too little. It's as if everyone thinks they are just complaining or something. We're going to change that.
This movie is not new. It's about events that occurred several years ago now. But it's still worth watching regardless. Have fun.
And actually passed?