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Camera Obscura (2003)

Camera Obscura

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An artist thrown into the violent world of police work is torn between his creative sensibility and his pragmatic need to earn a living in this offbeat police thriller. Jimmy (Adam Trese) is a gifted photographer who, despite the quality of his work, is having a hard time making ends meet. Eager to be able to support himself and his wife, Maria (Ariadna Gil), a classical dancer, Jimmy takes a job as a crime scene photographer with the L.A.P.D. The constant parade of violence and brutality Jimmy sees through his camera's lens proves hard to take, and soon Jimmy begins rearranging the scenes of violent death to give them a more creative and lifelike dimension, as he begins to imagine he can give the victims a new life through his art. Russo (V.J. Foster) and Flowers (Cully Fredricksen), the detectives Jimmy works with, are amused by his thin skin and creative sensibilities; they sense Jimmy's desire to leave his job behind, and persuade him to join them in a drug deal which could make them a fast and lucrative payday. Maria is also aware of Jimmy's discomfort with his new job, and in hopes of making enough money to support them both, she signs on as an exotic dancer at a strip joint, where she witnesses a crime that leads her into the same sort of danger Jimmy has been struggling to escape. Camera Obscura was the first feature film from writer and director Hamlet Sarkissian.more
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Hamlet Sarkissian
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On DVD: May 23, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Camera Obscura

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

An L.A. neo-noir raised to an insufferable degree of artiness.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Sarkissian's script ... is both overwrought and undercooked.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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October 10, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Thanks to a lack of innovation and a tired script, writer/director Hamlet Sarkissian is about as cutting edge as the out-of-touch friend who keeps trying to tell you that Michael Jackson's latest albums are as good as his old stuff.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003

A film of high gloss and low substance.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Camera Obscura

½

Thanks to a lack of innovation and a tired script, writer/director Hamlet Sarkissian is about as cutting edge as the out-of-touch friend who keeps trying to tell you that Michael Jackson's latest albums are as good as his old stuff.

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