Movie Review: Payback


  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Jennifer Baichwal
  • Stars: Margaret Atwood
  • Rating: ****

Based on Margaret Atwood's Massey Lecture series about debt, on paper Payback sounds like about as much fun as watching paint dry.

But Manufactured Landscapes director Jennifer Baichwal is able to turn Atwood's words into a highly enjoyable set of present-day vignettes about debt as social phenomenon, be it monetary, legal, moral or even environmental.

Baichwal and cinematographer partner Nick de Pencier dig up some fascinating subjects.

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