Experimenter

New American Cinema

SIFF Says:

In the early 1960s, social psychology was about to change forever thanks to Stanley Milgram. In order to shake up the field and venture into uncharted territory on authority and control, Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducted “obedience experiments” in which lab technicians administered an exchange between two strangers—one, in control of a button sending electrical shocks despite painful pleas and, the other, on the receiving end of the shocks. The experiments controversially shook the field of social psychology, leading Milgram to be labeled as a monster. Obsessive, ambitious, yet ultimately human, Milgram proves to be a fascinating subject of this unconventional and kinetic biopic, a shocking and insightful look into the mind of a man who manipulated the professional world he lived in. Co-starring Taryn Manning and Winona Ryder, EXPERIMENTER boasts a career-best performance from Sarsgaard in a winning, compelling mind-puzzle of a film.
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Film Credits
Director
Michael Almereyda
Cast
Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning
Festivals
SIFF 2015