A catfish affair that ends in murder. Anyone who thinks that this sort of prank is harmless fun should watch this movie. You never know how seriously someone else will take it, or how far into darkness they will descend.
"talhotblond" is a contemporary cyberspace name used in a notorious Internet chatroom.
This 2009 Seattle International Film Festival selection starts with a voice-over which explains we are looking at a photo of a fellow who is dead, so he will have a friend do the narration in his place. Shades of "Sunset Boulevard," huh?
There are two things that set this stunning documentary apart: 1.) The editing is so ingenious that various bits of information come unexpectedly and the full picture isn't revealed until very late in this engrossing piece. I actually heard the audience gasp... 2.) I love Eric Satie's "Gymnopedie" and as soon as I heard that familiar piano music in the background, I felt this would be a film that was a cut above average.
This is basically a project about cybersex, chatrooms, obsession, self-delusion and justice. It consists of interviews with many of the principals in this tangled web: what they thought, what they saw, what they did, and how they feel today.
There was not a single moment when I was bored.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a scripted movie based on this event, released in 2012. The difference is the title, the scripted one has a capital "T" e.g., "Talhotblond".... while this wonderful 2009 original is "talhotblond" which I purchased from Amazon.
If this does nothing else, it wakes you up. In cyber world, never trust anyone, especially your own possible addictions. If these cyber people were as good as you imagine, they would never need to play around on the internet for a life. If it seems too good to be true, then it isn't and never will be. This guy in this true story learned the hard way. Way too many casualties for just pretending and typing.
I don't want to say too much because this is a documentary that is best going into with little knowledge of the case. If you like true-crime docs this is a 'must see'. And it really proves that fact is stranger than fiction.