The Congressman

In the midst of campaign season, which has seemingly been in effect since 2008, audiences can’t even seek refuge from political and ideological discourse in the local movie theater.

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'The Congressman'

In the midst of campaign season, which has seemingly been in effect since 2008, audiences can’t even seek refuge from political and ideological discourse in the local movie theater. The Congressman in question, Charlie Winship (Treat Williams) proudly represents Maine, but stumbles into a rough patch, the kind that could sink even a no-nonsense veteran of the game. Video captures Winship failing to stand during the recitation of the pledge of allegiance, then he cold-cocks a House colleague while also dealing with testy personal matters that surface in public. None of the plot points feel trumped up for dramatic purposes, which highlights the fact that The Congressman lasers in on pertinent questions about the political process and the idea of what it means to be American in this modern social and cultural context. Screenwriter and co-director Robert Mrazek, a former Democratic member of the House of Representatives, deserves a strong vote of confidence for staring down the system. (Opens Friday at Mariemont Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review

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