Does it really matter if the events in this film actually happened or if they were deliberately staged? I guess if the end result is as intriguing and engaging as Catfish, it doesn’t. It got my heart pounding, which had never happened to me while viewing a documentary and Yaniv “Nev” Schulman is an interesting enough personality to watch. Catfish’s climax reveals a truth we hardly consider as an actual problem, letting us know the effects frustration, loneliness and conformity can have in one person’s psyche.
I plan on watching it today. Either that or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
I liked it a little more than you did. If Schulman and Joost had confirmed it a mockumentary rather than the opposite, Nev would have certainly been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. His character was so well-done, and he made the film even more watchable. Here’s my review:
I see that we seem to agree on our star ratings. I did consider higher though but stuck with ***1/2 myself.