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Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains

Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains

Rated: PG for thematic elements and brief disturbing language
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: October 26, 2007 Released by: Sony Pictures Classics

The former president from 1977-1981 from Georgia isn't always shown in a pious light in Jonathan Demme's rich documentary.

This personal look at the 83-year-old centers around last year's book tour by Jimmy Carter, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid".

Many of the accomplishments of this farmer and devoted husband include how this well-known global statesman has done through his Carter Center.

Demme, who made the unassuming, yet powerful Neil Young: Heart of Gold, lets the non-supporters of Carter speak their mind. Especially regarding views about peace in the Middle East concerning Israel's occupation around the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It's clear that Carter is willing to stand for the less prevailing opinions, and Man From Plains gathers a certain momentum and luminence from the media frenzy around the controversial book.

He's a gracious, vivacious man who paints, writes poetry, and loves to swim. In his life through interviews there is an off-handed charm as he senses what the average person is going through. A spirtual man Carter is, having read the Bible at night to wife Rosalynn (sometimes in Spanish), as well one who is affectionate about his family.

This mostly warm account with many talking heads and media personalities like Jay Leno and Larry King will probably appeal to ardent Carter admirers. Though it may not have the poignancy and balance of An Inconvenient Truth, there is a charisma to this unflagging man who only flies on commericial planes and has helped out many musicians after Hurricane Katrina.

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