Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Shulman
Starring: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
So apparently there’s some discussion about whether this movie is a real documentary or a fiction just shot to appear as one. The way I see it, it’s either a boring fiction shot in a terrible way, or a documentary made by incompetents who wouldn’t know an interesting subject or way to present it if it bit them in the face. Basically what I’m saying is that it’s a lousy movie.
A photographer starts talking with a little kid who does paintings of his pictures, and through her he begins an online relationship with her older sister. He starts to suspect that the sister is messing with him when he discovers that she’s posting songs ripped from youtube videos on facebook and claiming it’s her, so he and his film crew go across country to meet her in person. It turns out the mom of the girl has been pretending to be her own estranged daughter and used that to create a relationship with this photographer. It’s all very awkward and weird, but it’s never a compelling or interesting story.
I guess my biggest problem with this being presented as an actual documentary is that the entire thing could’ve been circumvented with a five minute google search at the beginning of the film. Also that the idea of someone wanting to make a documentary about a stranger having an internet relationship that is in no way unique or different in the year 2010 makes no sense whatsoever. Who would buy that movie? Who would buy THIS movie?