Jason Blum, Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki , Guest - 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater- Press Room at Microsoft Theater, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th September 2015
The title refers to a metaphor about how we need people around us who can keep us on our toes. Nev Schulman is a 24-year-old New York photographer who begins corresponding with 8-year-old Abby Pierce in rural Michigan after she painted versions of his photos. As Abby tells Nev stories from her family life, Nev's filmmaker brother Rel and his colleague Henry start documenting this unusual web-based friendship. And soon the paintings start to arrive in New York by the boxload, as well as songs written by Abby and her musician brother Alex.
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The elusive/murky-truth documentary has become the arthouse version of the nothing-as-it-seems thriller. Friedmans is also a cousin to the beneath-suburbia-lie-dark-secrets drama, although, as an elusive/murky-truth documentary, it's never clear how deep or dark these secrets go. To be fair, it's a fascinating film, although it could've just as easily aired on television. I don't blame Jarecki for failing to make the movie particularly "cinematic," as documentary films are often at an unfair advantage to their more widely seen, sensationalized TV counterparts. But the film is, essentially, a lengthy news report, albeit an unusually probing and multifacted one. The few stabs at cinema are poorly aimed. There are too many time-lapse shots of foliage, Long Island Railroad trains and traffic, including a long, ominous pan over what turns out to be... the Friedmans' street sign. All of the Long Island sightseeing borders on unintentional hilarity.
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