Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tallhotblond [Hot Docs review]

~ 76 min ~ USA
Director: Barbara Schroeder
~ Writers: Barbara Schroeder, Pat Lalama, Glenn Boozan

Rating (out of 4 stars):
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A middle-aged man in a loveless marriage meets a lonely teenager on the internet. That sounds like a cliche, but it isn't in this extraordinary film.

When we look for twist endings, we expect them in fictional films, not documentaries. Tallhotblond reminds me of Forbidden Lie$, which started with a common situation that ricochets in unexpected directions like a squash ball. Needless to say, I was hooked watching this suspenseful tale.

I'm not going to say much else out of fear of spoiling the story, but I can reveal that something bad happens in this tale of love, lust and the internet, and the villains and victims are not who you'd expect.

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