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The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

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Canada, United States · 2014
1h 32m
Director Gabriel London
Genre Animation, Documentary

When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past. Trapped by a system that can't understand him, Mark's questionable mental competency may be the only thing to help him escape for good.

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75 by Brian Tallerico

The rare documentary that gets more and more interesting as it goes along, even ending with an update on this still-unfolding story that just took place.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

It’s a bizarre story not entirely clear in the telling — partly because we can’t be entirely sure when the subject is telling the truth — but absorbing nonetheless.


Village Voice by Ernest Hardy

What could have been an impossibly bleak viewing is actually made more unnerving through DeFriest's droll humor and acceptance of his fate — rather than being Zen-like, he's prickly and dark, with such dazzlingly high native intelligence that you mourn for potential needlessly wasted.

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