Victor Kubicek

In God We Trust

Perhaps the only thing bigger than the capacity for human greed is the capacity for human stupidity. Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson’s feature debut, In God We Trust, a somewhat enlightening documentary about the financial misdeeds of financier Bernie Madoff, spends just as much time chronicling the negligence and inattention that allowed Madoff to rob his clients of billions as it does trying to unravel just why he actually did it. The film centers on the journey of Madoff’s personal secretary of 25 years, Eleanor Squillari, who has made it her mission to complete her own investigation into just what her boss did, how he did it, and who else was involved. While the majority of In God We Trust focuses on the heartbreak and fallout from Madoff’s crimes – and there’s plenty of heartbreak and fallout to mine here – its final third crumbles into aimless finger-pointing and raising questions it is in no way equipped to answer, trading emotion for hackneyed investigation.

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