When a young New York City photographer is contacted on Facebook by an 8-year-old painting prodigy from rural Michigan, he becomes deeply enmeshed in her life, even falling in love with her older sister—that is, until a crack appears in her story.
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I rarely enjoy these docu-reality films, but this one is both harsh and telling on how people do have the option to confront others errors with a bit of understanding and tenderness... a hard thing to come by these days.
I've read a lot of mixed reviews about this film, both on MUBI and elsewhere debating whether this is true or not. Personally, I think these type of films should be taken at face value and enjoyed for what they are. I really enjoyed Catfish and if true, then its a great documentary but if not, then the filmmakers should be applauded for their imagination in the storytelling and character creation & representation.
this was not what I expected at all. if anything, this movie completley exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be some creepy Facebook stalking a girl and killing her thing, but it was more thoughtful, real, and tragic than that. it really has a nice pace to it and there were definitley times when I was hiding behind my hand, but the truth is that the outcome was just plain sad. loved this movie.
Fascinating film about the dangers of naivety in a tech-obsessed world, and the abundance of anonymity available through social networking. It essentially follows the format of a mystery/detective story, which makes it so intriguing and frightening and resolves itself as a serious cautionary tale. With an extremely tragic conclusion,the deceit continues until differentiating between truth and lies becomes impossible.
Uneasy docu-drama about fractured online identity. The most interesting aspect is the intermingling of real and fake on all levels. The supposed "victim" Nev is also playing a persona - that of a naive, innocent caught up in a unstable woman's games. Its obvious he and the filmmakers figured it out very early on and just like us are going along for the ride.
Really enjoyed it, but I have to question it's authenticity. Are these seemingly young bright adults really this gullible? Is Angela really that comfortable on camera and with this movie reaching such a massive audience? Still, the message is more important than the messenger.