We watched it the other day on Amazon Prime. It was as toe-curling as they warned us, and quite disgusting (sorry, but I’ve never much gone for the sight of menstrual blood); but horribly funny and brilliant. The Rudy scene is almost unwatchable; but for me the most shocking part was when he came out with his conspiracy theory about ‘the Chinese virus’. I won’t spoil the film for you by giving away the denouement.
If the film endures it won’t be because of its politics or satire, both of which are ephemeral (one hopes), but because of its quite beautiful portrayal of the developing relationship between Borat and his daughter, played dangerously but astonishingly well by Maria Bakalova. ‘Best supporting actress’ at the Oscars?