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Clunky elements aside, the film's distillation of firsthand testimony and archival material has haunting implications.
This disturbing but important documentary about a shadow world inside of Hollywood confronts tough issues with bravery and information.
You may miss a few moments of "An Open Secret," either while looking away during its unsettling stories or closing your eyes in frustration. This potent documentary elicits those kinds of reactions.
Berg has proven that there's a circle of powerful creeps, doing the things powerful creeps do, but not that the blame for this goes straight to the top.
Berg's most shocking moment comes late in the film, when a veteran child-talent agent is himself accused of abuse on camera, and doesn't deny it.
Such an important subject deserves a serious, thoughtful film. Instead, it got Berg, who's prone to all manner of cheesy manipulation.
Maybe because I've seen carefully crafted documentaries recently like (T)ERROR and Out in the Night, I was frustrated at the muddle An Open Secret makes of its overlapping stories.
But as we've seen in recent months, titans can fall. Now is a perfect time to return attention to this searing documentary.
If you aren't familiar with any of the stories Berg presents, I suspect you'll find the material covered in An Open Secret horrific and shocking. If you are familiar, you'll still find it horrific and shocking.
Devastating and disheartening, this bombshell-heavy Amy Berg exposé about rampant sexual abuse of child actors in the film industry should be required viewing for any parents thinking of sending their son or daughter off to Hollywood.
This is a film that matters.
An Open Secret is nothing short of a smoking gun.
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