02 December 2007

Capturing the Friedmans

This is just a fascinating movie. It is simple enough when bad things happen to good people; in this case bad things happen to pretty flawed people, but it's clear that just because people are flawed doesn't mean they deserve such things.

Since we saw a production of The Crucible recently, this movie made me think of witch hunts and also the later prohibition against spectral evidence. This movie makes you wonder whether cases (about physical crimes) without a shred of physical evidence should be allowed to go forward.

Unusually for us, immediately after we finished the movie, we started watching it again with the director's commentary on, just to get whatever additional bits of information we could.

Highly recommended.