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A prime candidate for a time capsule, to disclose a century hence the current state of some of our civilization's discontents, including the ability to be convinced that one is telling the truth even when one is lying.
In the end, while Jarecki may not be able to answer our most basic questions about the guilt or innocence of the Friedmans, he makes a profound statement that, in situations like this, no one can be completely innocent and everyone is a victim.
It's fascinating because you've never seen a more dysfunctional family in broad daylight, and it's disturbing because it straddles the fine line between responsible filmmaking and callous sensationalism.
In some respects, Jarecki just scratches the surface of the material, and the film is often coy and withholding. Yet it's also riveting and so suggestive that you can't consume it passively: You have to brood on it.
Andrew Jarecki could have done more to lay out the marriage of sexual and religious and social hysteria that made cases like this possible. But he deserves credit for having the guts to say, in this case and in so many like it, who suffered the most.