Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the JonBenet Ramsey’s Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.
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I am one amongst the many who is intrigued by the case of JonBenet, and so I too was expecting to see a new resolution of the case. However, the approach of the doc was unlike conventional ones that would resonates emotion out of the topic, and instead shows us the introspection of the people around it, and how the public interacts and form personal attachments to such tragedy. The ending montage was captivating.
Very unique approach to depicting one of America's most haunting unsolvable murder cases. A roulette of theories and interpretations, which grows into a national obsession to find truth. This film doesn't give us answers but rather opens up to more questions!
As innovative as it is, as far as I'm concerned it's not a documentary as if you didn't go in already knowing the case you would learn very little about it. What I found interesting were the parallels you could draw from those child actors and JonBenet, the pursuit of stardom by the parents (especially the little kid who said he'd lost a days school for a audition that lasted 9 hours and didn't amount to anything).
very interesting approach to the documentary genre. doesn't try to give you answers or present bias but instead works as a sociological study of how the people of boulder colorado feel about the crime and her murderer, giving insight to their own lives as well
Green's choice of telling JonBenet murder story through the personal memories of Boulder community actors trying to get a part in a film about the case is to say at least non commonplace. It's not an exhaustive research looking to unveil the truth, but it certainly aims deeper than Primetime Crime when deconstructing observers gaze and their truths: it's us who project on the macabre when we throw up crime theories.