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215 Ratings

Casting JonBenet

Directed by Kitty Green
United States, Australia, 2017


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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Casting JonBenet Directed by Kitty Green
Some of the most haunting interviews are those with the kids auditioning to play Jonbenet herself, with one questionably made-up little girl asking the camera, “Do you know who killed Jonbenet Ramsey?” These moments with the actors provide a deep symbolism that highlights the feminist dilemmas of Jonbenet’s case in a way that no previous crime documentary on the subject has managed to master.
July 24, 2017
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An uncanny blend of fiction and non-fiction… Mournful and exquisitely strange, Casting JonBenét upends every tenet of true crime documentary: there are no experts, principles or witnesses – only players who function as all of these and more.
June 01, 2017
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The film’s inventive structure was crafted to instruct viewers to consider whether there’s something exploitative about our obsession with true crime. But in doing so it creates entire new issues about why we’d want to watch — not just an investigation of a tragedy, but also this self-referential meditation on it. Its participants sit in judgment of the Ramseys, and we in turn are set up to sit in judgment of them, a wheel within a wheel too many.
May 10, 2017
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