I don't know. Something must've happened, but the absurdity of some elements (that leapfrog thing seems too absurd to be possible), combined with the climate of mass hysteria, puts everything into question. Not groundbreaking, but I appreciated its impartiality and the fact that it focuses not much on the gore-y aspects, as on their social effects and on the dynamics inside the family. Americana never felt so creepy.
From what I understand, a lot of information was left out. Nevertheless this is still fascinating and disturbing insight into a seriously screwed-up family, as well as into the dark core that lies behind the dissimulating veil of sweet Americana. P.S.: They all seem to be in denial, if you ask me. Poor mother.
The inclusion of home videos, and the unravelling of a seemingly normal family is remarkable. The case itself...is too complex to fully solve, so it's unreasonable to expect the documentary to do so. I feel as if interviewees aren't pushed enough or challenged, especially given directly conflicting testimonies existing. I thought the bias towards Jesse's innocence was fairly obvious.
"there is certainly an element in a victimised community that, if you are not victimised, you are not part of the community". Not taking side as to the actual events, the film does a good job at reporting how such events appear to different observers in different positions.
The way it jumps back and forth from testimonies to home videos left me confused and seriously disturbed without even realising.. Also very much non-biased as I am still undecided about how to feel about who. I feel as though the paedophillia wasn't even the worst bit - it's the selfishness, the hatred, the lies, the manipulation from everyone else that frightens me about humanity.
What a bleak world we live in and a documentary that will leave you jaded. This harrowing tale is not entertainment, but it is important. The blurred lines between truth and fiction are astonishing - from what crimes were and were not committed, to the real and false victims. The process of justice becomes increasingly convoluted when truth lies somewhere in-between. Its legacy lies in docs like 'Making a Murderer'.
Fascinating but I fear a heavily biased documentary about the Friedman . Paedophiles are such complex, manipulative, blinkered individuals that this films appears to want to ridicule the guilty verdicts.instead the home footage reveals how dysfunctional the family was.The mother was the only person acknowledging the dysfunction and she was brave enough to stick by her family & not trade in her integrity with delusion
After being somewhat spoiled on a new wave of very well made true crime documentaries, this felt fell short; aimless, really unstructured and at times downright inappropriate in its sequences. It's hard to fathom what the overall message of the film is, with an even stranger lead balloon epilogue. The family was hard to connect with and although documentaries that tackle crime are nuanced, there was no resolution.
Really interesting documentary: it's the home videos which make it so compelling and untainted by the director's hand. This is an interesting case and Jarecki's research is still ongoing, raising questions less apparent in the film itself, e.g. the degree to which confessions were coerced and the inadequacy of the criminal investigation. The story is ambiguous and not as straightforward as many viewers have read it.
very low value. I was hoping on getting an insight into the mind of the main protagonist but that never happens. Lacking investigation into sexual and porn morality. Not enough /any structured interviews to be able to make any worthwhile appraisal. No help suggested or offered for either abusers to get professional help or abuse survivors to get some answers. Not sure of its purpose.
Psychologically disturbing, forensically intriguing, embarrassingly manipulative, Jarecki makes a mess of this case playing with ambiguity whilst setting false trails to create confusion - one would think that deliberately- in order to clear up by the end. It seems pretty clear that bringing light into the case was not high on the agenda but bringing the Friedman's morbid circus into town.