Disturbing, creepy documentary by director Crystal Moselle, focuses on the Angulo family; seven children imprisoned in their Lower East Side Manhattan apartment, by their paranoid parents; Moselle sees the uniformly dressed brothers (6 boys and a girl) waist-length pony tails, dark suits, sunglasses; curiosity piqued, Moselle engages the boys and the result is one of the strangest urban, gothic tales ever told; an astounding example of the Stockholm Syndrome beginning with inception.
Intellectually and emotionally crippled parents, Hare Krishna’s, gift Sanskrit names to their offspring; (Peruvian father, American mother); father does not believe in working (giving into the system); mother collects money from the state by home-schooling; existence is defined, informed by movies; memorizing the dialogue and characterizing heroes and anti-heroes: “Batman”, “Godfather”, “Reservoirs Dogs”, “The Dark Knight”; not allowed to “socialize”, be contaminated by the outside world but excessive, violent role-playing meets with parental approbation.
Moselle’s project is extremely ambitions but flawed, problematic; too many unanswered questions; viewers must take gargantuan “leaps of faith”; the boys adore their mother, who claims victimization but is complicit with her husband’s principles. How can people who profess to love their children cauterize their mental and physical capabilities; keep them in vitrines, fragile specimens, isolated from normalcy?
Moselle, hopefully will monitor her subjects, eventually do a follow-up documentary, addressing the “doors” now open and how these maimed men have fared in the real world.
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
Hi Peneflix, Ed Geraghty here. We just saw “Trainwreck” yesterday and I was curious if you will review it. The movie picked up after the older couple in front of us walked out. It’s worth seeing for the chemistry between LeBron James and Bill Hader. I am sure you would do it justice. Hope all is well. Best regards from sunny Southern California!
Did you receive/agree with my review of the film? Thanks, always. P