Capturing the Friedmans

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Released 2003

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Director:
Andrew Jarecki
Released:
2003
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Capturing the Friedmans is a 2003 documentary film. The film centers around Arnold Friedman, a man that investigators were watching for suspicion of having child pornography. Investigators found a large collection of child pornography while searching his home. Because Arnold taught computer classes to children, police begin to suspect that he was also sexually abusing children. Police interviewed his students and many confessed that Arnold would play strange sex games with them while giving computer lessons. After Arnold is arrested, he is released on bail while awaiting trial. The Friedman Family video taped Arnold at this time, showing how he is a regular family man. This documentary shows Arnold as he performs normal tasks, such as cooking, eating dinner and spending time with his family and friends. Right before the trial began, evidence began to surface that Arnold may not have been the only one sexually absuing children. What comes out at the trial is shocking.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Jarecki finds a way to show that denial and hope often grow from the same vine. Lives are built around the way they're harvested -- and this talented director has a feel for th...

  • 90

    Variety Scott Foundas

    There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Overmatched by the strange and compelling true story that is its subject, this unfortunate film ends up both more disingenuous than it wants to admit and more awkward than it can e...

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