Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
Critic Consensus: Narratively gripping, visually striking, and ultimately thought-provoking, Finding Vivian Maier shines an overdue spotlight on its subject's long-hidden brilliance.
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Critic Reviews for Finding Vivian Maier
Every time one of her photos flashes on the screen, the woman's genius is undeniable.
A film that leaves a large part of its subject's mystery gratifyingly intact.
The holes in the story are papered over with such beautiful photographs that few viewers could complain.
This is an amazing tale, and Maloof has labored mightily to flesh it out. He's almost as odd as Maier was.
Through dogged research and interviews with the (now-grown) children Maier cared for, along with their parents (including Phil Donahue), a profile emerges, and it's fascinating.
Audience Reviews for Finding Vivian Maier
An absorbing and well edited documentary that unveils the life of this secretive and incredibly talented woman in an attempt to find out who she was, raising in the process inevitable questions about someone's right (or lack thereof) to expose the work of someone who died.
Two stories in one documentary: one is about a mysterious woman who hid world class photographic talent behind menial jobs as either nanny or maid, and the other addresses what happens when a professional graverobber discovers the goods. One story is interesting for it's humanity, the other is interesting for it's lack.
Normally it takes a lot for a Documentary to impress me, because I really need to be into the subject matter in order to invest myself in the story. I knew nothing about "Find Vivian Maier" before my viewing of it, and I must say, I was blown away. This film follows a young man who discovers a lost photographic talent in a late Vivian Maier and sets out to find out who she is in order to expose her amazing works to the world. We begin to learn that she was both an incredible and evil woman. This picture is very well put together in ever way. From knowing exactly who to interview, to showing the right amount of material through the editing process, the final outcome of this film is a very in-depth depiction of someone who is no longer alive. It is very rare that a Documentary can pull off a true story as real as this. In the end, there really is not much to complain about here, and it is one of the best Documentaries I have seen. I loved this film!
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