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Capturing the Friedmans
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Capturing the Friedmans

2003
Documentary, Biography
1h 47m
In the 80's, in the upper-middleclass district of Great Neck, the awarded Professor Arnold Friedman is arrested for possession of some magazines of child pornography. A further investigation of the police discloses that apparently Arnold and his eighteen years old son Jesse molested his young students during their private computer class. Their Jewish family tears apart with the situation and the sentences of Arnold and Jesse. (imdb)
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Masterpiece of a documentary, this shows just how powerful an alternative take on the genre can be. Abandoning the troublesome "make-reality-fit-narration" schema, Capturing the Friedmans is a "did he do it" that evokes the spirit of Rashomon. Rather than jumping to conclusions the story respects and displays the different views and motives, to finally show a great problem with democracy: It all comes down to what people saw - or think they saw.
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82nd
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It's pretty obvious these people are guilty, I don't understand the confusion among reviews I've read. I mean, Arnold admits to molesting 2 boys at least (which is enough to warrant him to be stoned to death) plus his brother, who later turns out to be gay... SHOCKING. Pedophiles are the scum of the universe and it disgusts me knowing that Jesse only gets 13 years for sodomizing all these people. Fucking sick.
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I was not familiar with the story but it was still intriguing to watch. But as a documentary it is very one-sided, and I would like to have seen some more digging into certain facts and aspects of what was supposed to have happened and what certain people did or said.
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92nd
90
THEY PEE IN A CUP AND THROW IT AT YOU
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98th
95
Extremely wellcrafted and moving documentary that manages to -well- capture a really unique family, as it slowly disintegrates. And even though its not too hard to figure out where the director sympathies lay, he still gives enough time to counterarguments and different versions of the truth, to make the audience question what really happens...
Avg Percentile 69.12% from 1519 total ratings
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Director: Andrew_JareckiAndrew Jarecki
Runtime: 1h 47m
Language: English
Country: USA

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