Thursday, April 25, 2019
Mr Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) Hot Docs 2019
Amusing and seemingly light weight film has a heavy edge to it. The struggle to provide sanitation to billions of people is a struggle that most people are not aware of. Sim's single minded quest may come off as a funny but its a battle that is deadly serious. Sim understands that the only way to get attention for such an important issue is through humor and he isn't afraid to use it.
I was kind of knocked back on my heels by the film. I thought this was going to be a funny little film about a "silly subject" but instead the film I got a funny little film that made me think much more than most more serious films. The issues Sim raises maybe funny but they are also life and death.
What makes the film work is Sim himself. He is a grand character. Looking a little like a bespectacled Jackie Chan he is the sort of person you'll want to hang out with because he is just so damn fun. I've been watching a lot of docs that are portraits of this person or that and Sim is one of the few that I wanted to spend more time with.
MR TOILET is a great film and highly recommended.