Buy It Now (2005)
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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 naïve but not so innocent or guileless; a young woman from a broken home, with a detached,
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Campos establishes a complex nexus of contemporary social and aesthetic concerns with impressive economy and Logan's double performance is strong.
There's a certain genius to this two-part feature that forces us to examine our culture in twisted, complicated ways.
The Pussycat Dolls must burn on a flaming heap of celeb mags. It's societies only salvation, seriously.
The film at least says something about her troubled adolescent life. It may be significant that Campos's previous film was called Puberty.
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.
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.
As a portrait of our consumer-obsessed society through the eyes of an alienated teen, you'll buy into this from the first frame.
But It Now accomplishes so much in one hour that I wouldn't be surprised if media arts teachers across the country used it as a springboard for class discussion.
As a 30-minute short film, Buy It Now is a masterpiece; as a feature, it's a frustrating failure.
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