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Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
An Oscar nominated documentary about a middle-class American family who is torn apart when the father Arnold and son Jesse are accused of sexually abusing numerous children. Director Jarecki interviews people from different sides of this tragic story and raises the question of whether they were rightfully tried when they claim they were innocent and there was never any evidence against them.
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A stirring examination of truth at odds with perception, the high price of privacy in the media era and the blinding veil of blood ties.
This movie will pin you to your seat.
It s difficult to imagine another doc having such extraordinary material at its disposal, or another filmed family being as spellbinding.
Gripping, lacerating, moving, and tragic -- a work of documentary art.
Jarecki has taken an impossible subject, and subjects, and made a movie that works as crime thriller, social document and, occasionally, surrealist comedy.
Engagingly evenhanded and intelligently assembled first feature.
For certain, things are never black or white, always gray. Yet after viewing this film, one is persuaded that even gray has many shades and hues.
A remarkable and shattering documentary.
By the end of this excellent film, you may find yourself admitting you know less about its subjects than when you started.
This extraordinary film refracts truth through the prism of memory, until what you get is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, full of sacrifice and betrayal.