Not the “comeback story” the Weiners were hoping for
A new documentary about disgraced former congressman Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner, entitled Weiner, is scheduled for limited release on Friday, and with all that Huma Abedin (Mrs. Danger Weiner) has been through with her “excessive pay” investigation as well as her recent FBI interview, it seems that she will be reliving the downfall of her husband.
When the couple OK’d filming, they clearly expected a comeback story: “Disgraced congressman rebounds to become mayor.” What unfolded instead became a headline writer’s dream (“Weiner’s Rise and Fall”) and a wife’s nightmare. Yet there’s Abedin standing, however grimly, by her man.
‘I love him, I believe in him, I have forgiven him.’
– Huma Abedin
Though she never raises her voice — the filmmakers often give us subtitles — her body language speaks volumes.
In one telling scene, the New York Post writes:
Near the end of the film, when Weiner’s communications director heads for the door, clearly distraught, Abedin stops her. The media is out there, she cautions, so the woman must look happy: “It’s an optics thing.”
In a separate New York Post review, film critic Kyle Smith writes of the documentary, “Weiner has drama, laughs and surprises. It’s the full package.”
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