‘The Insurrectionist Next Door’ Review: Getting Personal | ET REALITY


In the binge-watchable “The Insurrectionist Next Door,” Alexandra Pelosi visits rank-and-file individuals arrested for their role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. And then she, instead of condemning them, she asks them about themselves. His energetic emotional portraits of Americans are captivating, unpredictable, funny, sad and, yes, sometimes infuriating.

With her own camera in hand, Pelosi shoots why and what her problem is at her educated subjects: a cool ex-wrestler; a soldier who shares a love of wine with her husband; a family man with a forehead tattoo of “Proud Boy” and a hit rap song; and a parkour practitioner who apparently learned about some kind of war in 1776 through a speech by Trump.

Some joined the crowd out of anger or boredom; others allege mass hysteria or even romantic depression. (January 6 was also a popular family road trip.) Pelosi has made movies about the Tea Party and wealthy donors, and his candor at the bar seems sincere as well as sly. He even asks someone about the attack on his mother, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, on Jan. 6, when the filmmaker was also at the Capitol.

The terrifying attacks are not excused or minimized, and Pelosi acknowledges that these “norms” served the militant organizations’ goals well. He also puts pressure on those convicted for their blind devotion to President Trump. However, it is possible to feel desperation despite the boastful jokes: yes, but what now?

In the end, as a document, it is undeniable: the unadorned human detail gives the film a life of its own that escapes any particular controversy or hope.

The insurrectionist next door
Not qualified. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes. Check it out on Max.

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