Make Believe (2011)
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I would have liked to see more tricks and fewer parental interviews, but in any case, this is a reasonably appealing documentary for anyone with a special interest in the subject.
The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.
The young people seen here never seem artificial; you feel their passion for doing magic, as well as their nagging loneliness, devoted as they are to practicing card tricks and such for hours on end, while their peers are off doing what most teenagers do.
This tension between self-expression and professional advancement is fascinating material, but first-time director-editor J. Clay Tweel avoids the nuance that might have brought it to life.
Audience Reviews for Make Believe
I was lucky enough to see this last year at the Austin Film Festival, and it was the best film of the entire festival, in my opinion. A truly touching and heartwarming documentary that I cannot wait to see again.
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