Backstabbing for Beginners


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In this historical drama, a young programme co-ordinator at the United Nations named Michael (Theo James) stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq’s oil reserves, and tries to unfurl a festering bed of lies. Pasha (Kingsley), a seasoned diplomat and Michael’s boss, seems to be heavily involved in the murky cover-up.

If it sounds like a political thriller, sure to have you guessing who’s telling the truth and who’s taking the other for a ride, think again. Backstabbing for Beginners is based on true events, so all those questions have already been answered, if you care to look it up.

No doubt the movie will get people thinking about what really goes on behind the closed doors of the UN, and it’s interesting to get a glimpse into the internal machinations of such an organisation. James and Kingsley look like they turn in super performances, too.

The bottom line
A low-key, old-school political thriller.

By Darragh Murphy
Time Out Doha,

Backstabbing for Beginners

  • Duration: 108
  • Released: Thu, 26 Apr
  • Language: English
  • Director: Per Fly
  • Stars: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset

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