To his supporters - including documentary-maker Cyril Tuschi - jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a political saviour biding his time in the slammer until he can emerge, Mandela-like, and take charge of Russia.
To his detractors - foremost among them being former Russian president Vladimir Putin - he is nothing more than a common criminal, albeit one who managed to launder millions of dollars and pinch 350 million tons of oil.
Tuschi makes no bones about his belief in Khodorkovsky, the severe-looking former chemist who acquired the state-run oil company Yukos for a reasonable $300m after Boris Yeltsin insisted the firm remained in Russian hands. Several months later it was worth $6bn.
However, the new oligarch eschewed the familiar trappings of wealth - stretch limos and obliging blondes - and, instead, altruistically invested in education and insisted on complete business transparency, particularly when dealing with foreign companies.
It was this non-negotiable stance on corruption that apparently upset Putin, especially when Khodorkovsky forcefully aired his views - in front of TV cameras - at a meeting chaired by a visibly vexed Vladimir at the Kremlin.
It didn't help that the rebel also allegedly supported Putin's political opponents after promising the Russian leader he would stay out of Kremlin power-plays.
Anyway, the upshotsot was that he was hauled off his executive jet by armed goons and - after a couple of judicially suspect trials - was sentenced to eight then six more years in a remote prison on the Finnish border.
Tiuschi interviews an impressive array of Khodorkovsk's former associates (and also the main man through the courtroom bars) to paint a convincing picture of a principled man prepared to become a jailed martyr if that's what it took to rally the people behind him.
However, the "people" don't appear that impressed - young Russians interviewed for the film regard him as a crimmo who got caught with his hand in the country's impoverished coffers.