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T500FC, 463rd: Catfish (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, 2010)

March.5.2011

Personalities who saw this film often ask the directors of the film if everything’s fake. And every time they would answer that everything is one hundred percent true. Maybe, a lot of people are still ignorant on the whole social Internet thing. One may say that this is the real Facebook story, not the other one that was nominated in the recent Academy Awards. And I say that this is the sad part and the realistic side of Facebook or any other social networking site that matter.

Being naïve plays a big factor to see this film as something that was just created from one’s minds. Maybe they were just ultra-lucky with the scenes that they were able to catch-all throughout. It was an advantage for me to understand the film though, as an Internet person, everything seemed so easily identifiable. It was a feat for the creators of this film to show such as some cases could’ve been fail or even fatal.

We have a young photographer in New York who became friends in Facebook with an eight-year-old prodigy. She sends him one of her works and then the guy’s hooks up with her older sister. Things started to go well turning into something serious. This young photographer’s friend started to document everything up, a similar style provided by the film like Nicholas Jasenovec’s Paper Heart. As their hearts grew fonder, things get to be a little weird with inconsistencies from her side. What the photographer, the director, and the friend did was to go to the family in person and try to uncover the mystery or probably face the truth that was masked by a social network.

It hit a mark when I finished watching this film. I know these things happen worldwide and it was just a heartbreaker, even when you know you’re just watching this film. Sometimes, people might not fathom on why things like these happened but everyone knows that everything has a grim reason.

Escape of reality is the obvious reason and a lot of time on the side. Imagine, fifteen different profiles created by one person would surely scare the hell out of a schizophrenic. Thank God there weren’t any intense scenes that include the husband. Or we wouldn’t be lucky enough to see this.

This is a film that is a wonderful eye-opener to the heavy Internet user of today. One may sigh in disbelief but this is no Dogtooth for sure and there lies the beauty in what the truth gives us. It is the perfect documentary for the generation of hipsters.

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