Thursday, December 17, 2015

Capturing the Friedmans

In the late 1980s, the patriarch and youngest son of a respected middle class New York family are charged, arrested, and convicted of a series of odious, unthinkable crimes which caused a local media uproar and continue to divide the community and Friedman family to this day. Like he did in his riveting miniseries The Jinx, with Capturing the Friedmans Andrew Jarecki presents its grey area, tragedy laced case study remarkably well and reserves judgement for the viewer, shedding one revealing strand of light on the subject just when you think you're mind is made up. Furter, excellent, eerie use of home video footage is incorporated into this morose documentary.
*** 1/2 out of ****