Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Catfish

Director: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost

This is a DIY documentary presented as a video diary. Yaniv Schulman (known as Nev), is a New York photographer gets involved with an on-line relationship with a middle-aged mother from Michigan, called Angela. Nev’s brother and his friend decide to capture the developing relationship on camera. The film plays out like a suspense thriller with Nev and his crew finally making a trip from New York to Michigan to confront his virtual friends. The audience is treated like voyeurs witnessing intimate, one-to-one moments and series of flirty texts and Facebook messages as the narrative unfolds. The subject is less interesting than the telling and the movie does dramatize the new era of social network sites and modern technology, relating an age old story of how vulnerable people really are. The real enigma here is, is the documentary genuine or cleverly presented construct and exemplar of cinema yet to come. Novel and worth a watch.

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