When a young New York City photographer is contacted on Facebook by an 8-year-old painting prodigy from rural Michigan, he becomes deeply enmeshed in her life, even falling in love with her older sister—that is, until a crack appears in her story.
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Uneasy docu-drama about fractured online identity. The most interesting aspect is the intermingling of real and fake on all levels. The supposed "victim" Nev is also playing a persona - that of a naive, innocent caught up in a unstable woman's games. Its obvious he and the filmmakers figured it out very early on and just like us are going along for the ride.
Really enjoyed it, but I have to question it's authenticity. Are these seemingly young bright adults really this gullible? Is Angela really that comfortable on camera and with this movie reaching such a massive audience? Still, the message is more important than the messenger.
The debate over its authenticity is unavoidable - I personally think much of the earlier parts were fabricated, not so convincingly at first, but increasingly so as it gets into some well-crafted suspense territory. Things shift gears for a final act that's a surprising, heartbreaking character study. Not really the film that was advertised, and not entirely successful, but a fascinating piece of work.
The plot and the ending of the movie is quite cliche but it felt genuine which isn't something that can be said about many films. The movie does made some points to outline the problems of technology and social networks through an intriguing story. I thought it was somewhat fresh and pretty interesting, I don't care for the "truthfulness" aspect of this movie, even if it was made up it's no-less interesting.
Not bad despite the misleading trailer that hinted at some ominousness that never happened. The characters (I don't doubt that some variation of this story actually happened but there sure as shit was some dramatic reenactment going on here) were kind of annoying but despite the fact that I blew the ending for myself 10 minutes after I saw the trailer it wasn't too bad.
When I found out that Catfish had turned from a almost-suspense-thriller to a documentary about loneliness in contemporary times, I found out the talent that Joost and Schulman have to tell stories. Catfish is geek turned blue.
Can't wait to see the documentary that shows the horrifying truth of the world we all live in. You know, the "mysterious" truth we all already know but are willing to ignore for the sake of entertainment. I'm sensing a lot of similar vibes like with the King of Kong.