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Harrowing and Powerful
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written by jamkat79 March 24, 2004 - 2:48 PM PST
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Jarecki has obviously watched his Errol Morris, but he never lets his filmmaking become too self-conscious. His camerawork is subtle and beautiful, and the home-movies themselves are almost too good to be believed.

This film is a fascinating, disturbingly-intimate look at a family trying to weather a nightmare. An important document of human frailty, love, and strength.

Sentence first . . .
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written by MDixon January 30, 2004 - 1:32 PM PST
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
verdict afterwards. At least, that's what I thought after about the first third of this film - but that's the beauty of it. Watching the whole thing, and listening to the director and producer's commentary adds a whole nuther layer of doubt and complications, I came to doubt the airtightness of the case which is apparently being presented in the first part. But, watch it for yourself . . . the use of the home movies is brilliant, and they probably reveal more of Arnold's character than would have been revealed if he had been interviewed. Certainly raises more questions than it answers, and deserves all the acclaim it is receiving.

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