Capturing the Friedmans 2003 ★★★½

Capturing the Friedmans is as much a documentary about the disintegration of a family as it is about the nature of law, the media, and the perception of truth. Jarecki had access to an unprecedented amount of home video footage, which makes for incredibly compelling (and sometimes awkward) viewing and gives a fly-on-the-wall insight normally unobtainable in documentaries of this sort. But the real success here is that the story stays with you; The twists in the case leave you in doubt as to what, or how much, actually happened, and perhaps we will never really know. To some this may be frustrating... but I found it all the more engaging as a result.

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