I can only echo what past reviewers have said: these boys deserved a much better film, not one whose exploitative gaze and emotional palette uncomfortably mirrors the first instance of exploitation. But sometimes sheer content pierces through undercooked form. As when a brother says "We exaggerated the differences, but we wanted to be alike. We were falling in love." An astounding, unimaginable love to witness.
storytelling goes from being tedious to still tedious with a dab of mystery, and purpose. except the purpose seems to be for the sake of the film. not sure i agree with the scapegoating of eddy's father, more information would have been nice. feels like a copout for some sort of resolution.
Just seen this documentary and have found it truly mindblowing. It starts as a real fairy tale story and then takes a dark turn and then an even darker one. It is wonderful and scary at the same time and it raises deep and meaningful questions. Go and see it!
Starts out as the damnedest tall-tale in the weekly tabloids and heads into dark places that shouldn't be spoiled. This is an Errol Morris knock-off: eye contact with the camera, recreations, provocation through frustration. The filmmakers may be guilty of some manipulation, playing up emotions and eliding where it suits them in lieu of answers they don't have. But damn if it doesn't give you a lot to think about.
At first i did not think much of this, the first part all feel good story nonsense. But it got serious. This film raises a lot of questions. Who are these powerful secretive jews that conduct tests that ruin lives and dont release the results or the whys? What is most powerful, nature or nurture? What else is going on behind the scenes? It ends on a positive note, but the jury is still out on nature and nurture.
This is one of those documentaries where the strength of its subject rises above the faults in its construction. With limited footage, the film has to tell more than it can show; with the abundance of info being presented, those endless talking heads can get tiresome. But, it is an incredible and emotionally stirring story that raises some damning questions about psychology. Despite its flaws, it does resonate.
Listen, Long Islanders love Billy Joel. That they would create a bevy of Billy Joel clones and distribute them randomly to adoptive parents without regard to the ethics of the situation is about par for the course. I'm sorry for spoiling the movie. Typical Long Islander move.