‘The Laundromat’, a political comedy based on the Panama Papers that features a Meryl Streep performance dedicated to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, is now available to watch on Netflix.
Lawyers filed a defamation suit against Netflix and the Steven Soderbergh film in an attempt to prevent the film’s release. However, the streaming giant has pushed on.
Based roughly on the non-fictional book by ICIJ head reporter Jake Bernstein, ‘The Laundromat’ follows Ellen Martin (Streep) – a widow vacationing in Panama City who somehow finds herself investigating insurance fraud – tracing worldwide leads to the mysterious Panama City-based financial network of lawyers Mossack and Fonseca.
Streep’s character is a fictional one, with Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas playing the eponymous Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca.
The film, while comedic in nature, also carries a serious message throughout, something which Meryl Streep emphasised several times leading up to the movie’s premiere.
“The film is about the bravery of whistleblowers and how we are increasingly relying on these people and especially journalists,” Streep said.
The Panama Papers story initially broke in April 2016 but Caruana Galizia had been writing about findings over a month before the story broke worldwide.
Meryl Streep has paid tribute to Caruana Galizia on several occasions since her murder in October 2017, describing her as brave for what she had done in her journalistic career.
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