Can't tell your Michael Foucault from your Ferdinand de Saussure? Don't worry. Even if you've never heard of French philosopher Jacques Derrida or read any of his texts on deconstruction theory, you can still enjoy this pleasantly unstuffy documentary about the rumpled heavy thinker. Avoiding the trap of talking heads and birth-to-death facts, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman interweave Derrida's ideas (voice-over excerpts of his writings) with his life (footage of his daily routines, his trips and lectures around the globe).
Derrida's interactions with the filmmakers prove surprisingly amusing, as he refuses to answer certain questions and points out the artificiality of the whole cinema verité approach. This unlikely but revealing pairing of subject and profiler ultimately challenges the audience's conventional philosophies and deconstructs the biography format itself. Whoa! Wonder what Derrida would think about that.