Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
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Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
In Far Out, we meet an artist who creates boundary-exploring erotica and provocative political art, while penning best-selling children's literature with mischievous wit and childlike innocence. He arrives on American shores eager for economic opportunities and new creative freedom, and he leaves having offended even the tolerant and open-minded as he pushes past the limits of propriety. He becomes a broadly appealing artist and Madison Avenue success story, a singular artist steeped in piquant ideas and thoughts, yet even his most recognized books are now out of print. While Ungerer is by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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""Far Out Isn't Far Enough" [has] a raconteur's charm rare among film studies of artists' lives."
‑ Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"In 1958, Ungerer's picture book "Crictor" featured an unlikely hero, a boa constrictor, and the usual anodyne pabulum served up to bored kids would no longer do."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Ungerer has a light touch with weighty absurdity."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Does every semi-famous person deserve a full-length documentary about them?"
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The film brilliantly incorporates Ungerer's art into its visuals in ways that are as instructive as they are delightful"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Ungerer is a lively, articulate interview subject, acerbically funny about his run-ins with censors and anyone else who would hope to quash his colorful contradictions."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As provocative as the art is - whether G-rated or R - the artist is even more interesting. Still sketching, still engaged, and, as the film closes, still searching for the outer reaches of enough."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A welcome introduction to a remarkable man."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The art floats and comes to life, animated and illustrating the flights of fantasy that continue unabated at [Ungerer] studio."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
""Far Out Isn't Far Enough" is everything a good documentary should be."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"For the most part, Bernstein lets Ungerer, still impish in his 80s, do the talking."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Ungerer's ice-blue eyes, sharp tongue and palpable enjoyment in shocking the bourgeoisie make him an engaging narrator."
‑ Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
"A deft, intelligent, tense and exciting melodrama from Denmark about a Danish ship taken by Somali pirates."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"Ungerer's art is interesting, and so is he."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A formidable creative force fueled by massive contradictions, Ungerer is a kind of self-analytical shrink here. Conflicted yet inspired by identity issues, political injustice art, and a weirdly beloved treasure trove of headless sex slave barbie dolls."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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