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I have seen cinéma vérité (truthful cinema) style films before, but none quite like Titicut Follies. Wiseman included very little editing so it's as if the film is raw footage, but the little that he did made an impact. The non-existing narration says so much by letting the shocking visuals speak for themselves. He added suspense and emphasis without much editing, such as the scene where a man was being fed through a tube in his nose. Wiseman used close-ups, cross-cutting with shots of that same inmate later being prepped for burial with very little natural sound, and allowed the scene to drag on and on, creating suspense. He put so much emphasis on the dehumanization of the inmates by having many scenes that seemed to go on forever, like the scene where the inmates are stripped and forced to stand naked with groups of others. It went on forever, which only made it harder to watch. These were real people, and the fact that they weren't even able to give consent to being filmed makes the dehumanization that much worse. I praise Wiseman for being willing to cross that line to bring attention to this subject and I admire this film for its raw truth-telling, but I don't feel comfortable with the lack of consent, so I can't rate it higher than 4.5 stars.