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Buy It Now (2005)

Buy It Now




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Inevitably recalling Jean Eustache in his 1977 festival short A Dirty Story, Antonio G. Campos's Buy it Now seizes upon a sensationalistic apocryphal event - that of a 16 year old Manhattanite who opts to sell off her virginity on eBay - and tells it twice, in contrasting narrative modes: pseudo-documentary and dramatized indie feature. The story begins in 2004. Chelsea Magan (Chelsea Logan) is 16 and na´ve but not so innocent or guileless; a young woman from a broken home, with a detached, indifferent mother, serious drug addictions and a possible case of anorexia nervosa. One day, she decides to hawk her own chastity on EBay and film the defloration with her mini-DV. All goes according to plan, but Chelsea fails to anticipate the emotional fallout that succeeds her erotic liaison with Peter (Chris McCann); as a consequence, she slits her wrists twice but fails to kill herself. In the second version - a more toned-down, less sensationalistic version of the first - Chelsea and Peter have their initial encounter and Chelsea experiences an emotional crisis upon returning home, at which point her mother insists that she consult her psychoanalyst.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Antonio Campos
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Campos establishes a complex nexus of contemporary social and aesthetic concerns with impressive economy and Logan's double performance is strong.

Full Review… | July 17, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

There's a certain genius to this two-part feature that forces us to examine our culture in twisted, complicated ways.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

The Pussycat Dolls must burn on a flaming heap of celeb mags. It's societies only salvation, seriously.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Little White Lies

The film at least says something about her troubled adolescent life. It may be significant that Campos's previous film was called Puberty.

July 20, 2007
London Evening Standard

It's almost an object lesson on how enlarging a short film can be messed up. What a pity that Antonio Campos could not have found a way to start from scratch and grow and develop his story more satisfyingly.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007

At just over an hour in length and divided starkly into two halves, Buy It Now is a real oddity.It's raw, real and rather effective as a comment on consumerism and alienation in society.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Times (UK)

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