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In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.
The slipperiness of truth and lies on the Internet gets played out in unexpected ways in the documentary Catfish. When Nev Schulman receives a painting based on a photograph of his from an 8-year-old girl named Abby in Michigan, he doesn't realize this is going to lead to a long-distance romance with Abby's older sister Megan… and that this romance, conducted over the phone and the Internet, will lead to something far more troubling. It would be unfair to reveal more details of Catfish, as the process of discovery is one of its pleasures--but even if you do know the sequence of events, the movie's ultimate reward is not the revelation of secrets but the surprising and very human interactions of the movie's last third. While there is a thriller aspect to the movie--and the suspense at points is indeed nail biting--the revelation isn't the bang that Hollywood movies lead you to expect. Instead, Catfish turns sad, unsettling, and sure to inspire arguments about motivations and human nature. --Bret Fetzer
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I quickly became charmed and engrossed in the documentary of photographer Nev's long-distance friendship with Abby, a talented 8-yr-old who would send him oil paintings of his photographs. As time went on, Nev came to be Facebook friends with the other people in Abby's life, even falling in love with Abby's 19-yr-old half sister.
I rewatch this movie every few weeks, just to enjoy the soundtrack and the personalities of the people involved. Am glad to recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys documentaries and a little mystery in a love story.
This movie explores that. The narrator develops a relationship with a woman he met on the Internet. However, she is reluctant to meet him, despite sharing phone calls, many text messages, and Facebook messages.
What he finds is very surprising. Suffice it to say he finds she is not what she portrayed herself as. The feelings of hurt and betrayal are real, since we hope any genuine human interaction is based on honesty and trust.
The movie itself is a bit slow in some spots, but it is very interesting watching how Nev (the narrator) tries to uncover the real person he has been talking to on Facebook and phone for so long.
Also, the movie spawned a TV series on MTV, of the same name. The narrator receives many e-mails from people who are in his situation -- they have people they want to meet, potentially romantically, who never seem to be able to meet. In some cases, this has stayed strictly online for years.
This movie, was, by far, the most interesting movie I have watched in many years. The plot line moves from stages of fun to playfulness to fear "ie. Blair Witch". It's moves from quirky to spooky to incredibly sad. The events are real but they play out in ways you would never guess. The Internet and Social Networking are truly the monsters in the movie.
This movie sheds a light on the creepy and REAL side of the "the Network"...It shows you how much the Internet can hurt you and give you an alternative reality at same time. The husband sums it up all too well at the very end.....he's just as complicit as his wife in the enormously complicated plot but is a willing accomplice. He loves her and would do anything to help her.
I would highly recommend this movie to those who like speedy motion but also relate to complex character development. The story is a true story and cannot be disregarded. It's a great movie. Do not believe anything the characters say....It will all be different by the movie's end.
To be honest, about halfway through I thought this was going to turn into a Paranormal Activity or Blair Witch Project style horror movie. While that might have been entertaining I'm glad they didn't.
What you get in the end is a real life situation that's not just a bunch of lies, you also get the motivation behind the whole thing in the form of an emotional confession. It's sad really, how someone's life can become so pathetic that they create this whole world on Facebook in an attempt to reach out to what they've missed out on...and how that can hurt the person at the other end.
This movie is definitely worth seeing once, especially if you're debating social media and especially online dating. It's not to say that every cyber romance turns out this way, while not the worst case situation this one is definitely full of lies; but it serves as a warning to be on your toes and verify as much as you possibly can what the person at the other end is telling you.