The Jaundiced Eye (2000)
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Critic Reviews for The Jaundiced Eye
AS forceful as the docu is in presenting the facts, some disturbing questions linger: was the boy (who's now 15) indoctrinated or brainwashed by his mother? How did he live with that knowledge and lack of communication with father's family for a decade?
The Jaundiced Eye is a passionate, angry piece of advocacy, but it is equally, and in consequence, a brave and necessary act of truth-telling.
[Illustrates] some valuable points about how a personal prejudice can spill over into harmful, seamlessly delusional behavior, and how the high emotions inextricably entwined with a subject like child abuse can prove ultimately self-defeating.
Sheds light on some limitations in our legal system and how a little prejudice can go a long way. You get the sense of helplessness and frustration the Matthew's lived with...a compelling documentary.
Audience Reviews for The Jaundiced Eye
The Jaundiced Eye is hard to watch, primarily because of how graphic alleged sex acts against a child turn out to be. However, that is one of the doc's strong points: the father and grandfather accused to molesting a five-year-old are not scared of putting their truth on the record. The same can't be said of the boy's mother or her new husband: she stays in the shadows and he is only heard through recorded testimony. I wonder why they don't want to stand in their truth. Now, we will never know exactly what happened to the boy, but the information which shows the accused are innocent begins to stack up methodically, through interviews with expert lawyers, doctors and counselors. The film has a definite point of view, but also makes sure to hear from those with a dissenting point of view. Lower production values be damned: this is a quality doc that tells a harrowing story, even if some points are not followed up on.
A very difficult documentary to find but nonetheless, a rewarding one that calls into question the concept of justice.
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