It takes quite a bit of rubbish and arrogance to persuade people to reveal their deepest prejudices in front of the cameras, but that has always been the greatest strength of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
And Cohen has never been stronger than in the sequel to the Borat comedy, completed 14 years ago, which will have its world premiere on Friday on Amazon’s Prime Video live stream.
A new film - the whole called Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of a Prodigious Bribe to the American Regime for Make Benefit Once a Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - puts its viewers to the test with its humor of incest, lower end and racism: sketches using fake costumes and hidden camera programs the film will probably split its audience in two.
Filmed in the midst of the closing phase of the coronary pandemic last spring and summer, the film targets especially U.S. conservatives, conservatives who maintain conservative values, farmers of conspiracy theories, and supporters of President Donald Trump.
Sacha Baron Cohen penetrated the Republican fundraiser with a mask on President Donald Trump's face in the descriptions of Borat's sequel. Photo: Amazon Studios
The timing of the return of the Borat sketch figure just below the U.S. presidential election is a timely one.
In the film, Cohen recalls the Kazakh TV reporter he plays as a useless idiot who embarks on suspiciously prejudiced rumbles with a serious face - and he doesn’t hesitate in his satire to draw similarities from Borat to Trump.
What makes the ferocious character, however, are not the fluffy, shockingly replicas in disguise, but the accepting attitude of ordinary people who meet Cohen on his journey to the behavior of this type of caricature.
The openly sexist and racist Boratia seems to be able to be used as a mirror of the world even today, even after the character’s debut at the Da Ali G Show two decades ago.
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In the disguise of Maajuss, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen makes a rural market audience sing a racist and openly hostile song.Photo: Amazon Studios
Symptomatically, most of the film was shot in Texas and Oklahoma, the heart of American conservatism.
Discussions about abortions, Roma nomads, Jews, taking silicone breasts, Democrats, ex-President Barack Obama, and the coronavirus are rapidly advancing, as Borat commented, to escalation that an astonishing number of opponents agree.
When Cohen, disguised as a Mayan, gets a Texas right-wing audience to make heil greetings and sing along, how Korona is a liberal scam and how the ex-president should be chopped “like the Saudis are doing,” the moment is black, ice-cold but also revealing.
This is the dark side of the United States, which has existed for decades but which has become even more prominent during President Trump’s reign.
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Borat's (Sacha Baron Cohen) minor daughter is played by Maria Bakalova, a 24-year-old Bulgarian. Photo: Amazon Studios
Alongside the encounter with Tavinen, director Jason Woliner carries a scripted plot about the relationship between Borat and this teenage daughter, which even gets affectionately moving shades.
Initially, Father Borat trains his Tutar daughter in merchandise, which, after being silicone-breasted and fooled, is to be handed over to Vice President Mike Pence.
A fierce satire on chauvinism, sexism and human trafficking works thanks to the throwing of Maria Bakalova from Bulgaria, who plays Tutara.
After the initial submission, she brings guts and feminist power to the role, which, of course, is also used as a source of satire.
This gives the film a surprisingly warm heart, which the coldness of its satire definitely misses around.
The story of the relationship between Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) and this teenage daughter (Maria Bakalova) takes on affectionately moving tones.Photo: Amazon Studios
The film harshestly hits Trump’s attorney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giulian, who at the culmination of the film is seen grabbing a hotel bed from the front of his pants.
In a pre-scene “TV interview,” Giuliani flirts with the “minor journalist girl” interviewing her.
The role is played by 24-year-old Bakalova.
Giuliani has admitted that he thought the interview was real and Bakalova a real TV journalist.
Last Thursday, however, he reminded in a Twitter message that he wasn’t really doing anything inappropriate at the time the camera was captured: he was just sticking a shirt in his pants after removing the microphone.
That’s probably true, because strictly speaking, the scene does little to reveal anything else.
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The situation itself, however, is yet another indication of Cohen’s ability to construct situations so that the people involved — celebrities like Giulian or the many Taviks in the film — do not separate true fiction or harsh satire from real opinions.
Although the film is set in the United States, the same phenomenon is not foreign in Finland either: even extreme opinions no longer erupt, because their shooting has already become commonplace for the political elite.
Through this, the Borat character sheds light on the worst aspects of modern times - and does so surgically with precision, by means of autumn black satire, and above all, unbridled fun.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, premiere Fri 23.10.
On the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.