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A scene from "Janeane from Des Moines"
A scene from "Janeane from Des Moines"

TIFF 2012

TIFF movie review: Janeane from Des Moines Add to ...

  • Directed by Grace Lee
  • Starring Jane Edith Wilson
  • Genre documentary
  • Country USA

Necessary spoiler alert: The important thing you need to know about this post-Michael Moore pseudo-doc is that Janeane Wilson – Christian, mother, wife, home-care worker, Republican and Tea Partier – is actually actress Jane Edith Wilson. Otherwise, you might not glean that until the final credits, by which point you, if liberal-minded, will be nodding sagely as this political junkie finds no Republican candidate who can tell her how his or her health-care plan might solve Janeane’s problem: a lump in her breast and no insurance since her trucker husband lost his job. The conservative-minded, on the other hand, may be furious at being duped, which suggests that while this film is much smarter than Fox News, it also fails as propaganda, journalism and art.

Sept. 7, 6:15 p.m., and Sept. 9, 6:15 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas; Sept. 14, 6:45 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox

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