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"Capturing the Friedmans" [Mar. 5th, 2005|12:26 am]
Hey all :)

I saw Capturing the Friedmans in theaters, and I was wondering if anyone else had... it was a documentary, and I thought it was really odd. It's definetly a hard subject to cover (child molestation), but I found that after seeing I was none the wiser as to what exactly happened and...to be quite honest I didn't know why it was made. It felt quite discombobulated, as a documentary. Very odd. Like I said, I saw it when it came out, which was 2003, so maybe somethings slipped my mind, lol.

Any opinions, thoughts?

[User Picture]From: mansunsgirl
2005-03-05 06:08 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard of this film untill you mentioned it here. I was wondering, do you think this would be something worth buying even with the way it made you feel. I know I've bought movies that sort of made me feel confused as to why they were made, I got them so I could see them again and maybe figure out why the director did what they did. I'm sure this movie will never be at the local video store so I was trying to figure out a way to see it. The only thing I could think of was buying it when it's on DVD. Is it worth it?
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From: gardensunshine
2005-03-05 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm not sure if I'd buy it, I don't know if I'd spend the money on it. It's def at a blockbuster if you have one, I've seen it there..and I might rent it to see exactly what the hell was going on! I dunno, it stuck me as more sick and twisted than a quality documentary. I doubt it was the actual filmmaker, I'm assuming it was just how fucked up the subject material was..
At the very least it's worth a look, if you see it tell me what you got out of it!
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[User Picture]From: girl_on_bridge
2005-04-07 10:11 am (UTC)
I saw this film awhile ago, like you, in the theaters. Watching the documentary made me feel like an intruder, but it definitely offered a different perspective. The media always portrays pedophiles as shameless hunters carelessly indulging their urges, while Mr. Friedman obviously felt very ashamed and guilty and seemed to fight his urges. The issue ripped the Friedmans apart, Mrs. Friedman got vicious. Generally people never feel compassion for a child molester (perhaps it makes one feel like he's condoning the crime?), but Capturing the Friedmans certainly evoked empathy.
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