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Capturing the Friedmans


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Powerful and haunting, this upsetting documentary by Andrew Jarecki examines the scandals enveloping an upper-middle-class Jewish family in suburban Long Island, as the father and a teenage son are accused of sexually abusing countless boys. The story unfolds over many years, with as many carefully delayed revelations as in a well-plotted fiction film, and though Jarecki raises a good many questions about the Friedmans that he doesn't entirely resolve, his exploration of the larger issues--police investigations, community hysteria, and the family members' obsession with filming themselves--is much more revealing. 107 min. Landmark's Century Centre.

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