Meryl Streep stars in Steven Soderbergh’s slight, but very entertaining ‘The Laundromat’

Posted on September 7, 2019

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Plus, two gay-themed stories, an animated erotic drama, and a Portuguese intergenerational saga that wants to be ‘Giant’.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-meryl-streep-steven-soderberghs-the-laundromat-move-review-baradwaj-rangan/

There were two films whose subject matter looked intimidating, especially a few days (and several films) into the festival. Adults in the Room, by Costa-Gavras, was about “the unsuccessful attempts by Greece to influence the European troika during the debt crisis of 2015” — that description was enough to make me skip it. Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, though, felt more approachable, even if it’s about the Panama Papers, which I have heard of but know precious little about. (The screenplay is based on Jake Bernstein’s book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.) It turned out that Soderbergh had made this movie exactly for people like me, who have heard of (but know precious little about) things like money laundering, shell companies, tax avoidance (and what makes it different from tax evasion)… Simply put, The Laundromat does for international high-finance what The Big Short did for the financial crisis of 2007-08, triggered by the US housing market crash.

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