Capturing the Friedmans
Frustrating, shocking and undeniably brilliant - Lorraine
Arnold Friedman was a respected teacher who ran computer classes for children from the basement of the New York home that he shared with his wife and three sons. The documentary Capturing the Friedmans offers a stark insight into how the dysfunctional Friedman family was ripped apart in the 1980's when Arnold and his then 18-year-old son Jesse were accused of abusing his young male students. Capturing the Friedmans features interviews with the detectives and attorneys involved in the abuse case. The documentary-makers also trawled through decades of home video footage recorded by Friedman and his son David, who turned the camera on his family as they self-destructed during the controversial trials. The film slowly builds up an unflinching portrait of a family with a tenuous grasp of the difference between right and wrong, and truth and lies. As a result it's a frustrating, shocking and undeniably brilliant documentary about how deeply disturbed the lives of seemingly average people can be.
Review published on the 12 September 2009 16:51
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