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Plot: In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. Runtime: 87 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 2009
A roller-coaster ride that leaves you wanting more! (by Nanoosh)
This film was awesome! I laughed, I cried, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. In addition to being a lot of fun, the film will no doubt be a conversation starter between you and your friends. I know there has been some talk about the film being real, but once you see it for yourself you can tell that this film is authentic. It's a new type of documentary that could only have been made now because of the accessibility of HD cameras and the popularity of social networking. Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost have really set a new standard with this film. There is no question that a <more>
new style of film-making is quickly becoming all the rage. Hand-made and first person films will only continue to grow in this digital age. If you get a chance to see this film, don't walk, run!
THE film of the 2010 sundance festival (by narrowfilm)
...at least, of the 9 films i've seen so far. this one packs quite an emotional wallop. this had me cracking up at times and on the edge of my seat at others. a gentleman remarked during the excellent q+a after the film: "screw blair witch and paranormal activity - this is real terror," and i would have to agree. what's so terrifying about this movie? you'll have to see it to find out, because to spoil the secrets of this film would rob it of its power. it's a journey to embark on with the filmmakers/friends, ariel schulman, his brother nev, and their friend henry <more>
joost. where it takes you is both shocking and strangely moving. this is the reason i keep coming back to sundance - to see films like this, that are genuinely surprising.oh, and the title is explained in the final 10 minutes of the film and lends it a new and powerful meaning. thought-provoking stuff, indeed.this film, i've heard, is going to get picked up. avoid the reviews and just go see it when it plays in your town.
New York City photographer Nev Schulman's brother Ariel is a filmmaker, so when Nev begins a friendship with an 8 year old girl from Michigan named Abby, and her 19 year old sister, Megan, via Facebook, Ariel and Henry Joost start documenting it. Lucky us. Abby paints a picture of one of Nev's published photos and sends it to him. From there, well, it's the sort of journey best experienced with Niv, so it's difficult to say much more without detracting from the experience. The best I can do is say it's about social media and connections.Catfish is hilarious, moving, and <more>
thought- provoking. I loved it. It's unlike any documentary I've ever seen. I highly recommend it.
Draws you in all the way to the end (by jch_031241)
Don't be put off by the jumpy, seemingly disconnected scenes at the beginning of this film. I nearly hit the eject button thinking that this was nothing more than an amateurish attempt at an 'artsy' film. Just stay with it and you will soon be drawn into an intriguing real life story with a surprisingly emotional twist at the end. The film stirs up a range of emotions that you rarely experience in todays high budget, digitized action flicks. I wish that I could tell you more but that would spoil the whole thing! I will only say this; the film could not have been done prior to the <more>
days of social networking where "friends' can pour out their innermost thoughts for the world to read. A very humanistic portrayal of the strengths, talent and weaknesses behind the faces that you see every day at the grocery store or walking down the street. See it and resist the temptation to 'tell all' when you recommend this excellent documentary film to others.
The audience that knew too little (by frankel2005)
I've come to the conclusion that the direction of the marketing campaign for Catfish might have faltered a bit. Not that the trailers and posters weren't ideal, rather I think that they intrigued the audience more than they wanted to. Catfish is not a thriller. It's not scary, suspenseful, or violent. There's no blood or guts. But a movie can be mysterious without having any of the previous mentioned attributes. Yes, Catfish is very Hitchcockian like the trailer states, which seems to be upsetting people after having seen the movie because they thought that it was going to <more>
take a drastically dark turn. If Hitchcock were alive during the Facebook era, I think he would have made a movie like this. People seem to forget that Hitchcock directed romances and not just slashers like Psycho. The main conflict revolves around a young man and his friends paying an impromptu visit to a woman whom one was having a virtual online relationship with, only to find out things are not as they seem. Or maybe I should say that since they were beginning to get suspicious of her before they visited anyway, things were not as they thought they were going to seem even though they expected the unexpected. Catfish clearly respects all of its characters, including the character of Angela, who is quite remarkable without ever intending to be. She's one of the most interesting people I've seen in a movie in the past decade. The credits role and you leave the theater with great questions in your mind. Why do we have Facebook if we really think we know ourselves that well? What things about ourselves do we like? What do we think other people like? And most importantly, we realize that the things we do everyday without thinking are what make us truly amazing. Look, I know a lot of people will disagree with me and hate this movie. If you're looking for a scary thriller, don't see it. You'll be disappointed. There's no scares to be had here. But Catfish is a surreal and oddly touching social commentary on our obsessions with social networking.
Listed as a spoiler....as it is better to not know anything before seeing the films....To quote Harry Knowles, "this is a damn fine story". The background on Catfish is that you aren't suppose to know what the background is. I thought the film was funny, thought provoking and powerful. Can you say all those things together without being cliché? Maybe some of my strong reaction is because part of the film takes place in the Upper Peninsula, or the cuteness, the child prodigy, or the love story. The filmmakers throw all your different emotions in a garbage can and make some <more>
"Catfish" is a difficult film to talk about without spoiling. The sensationalist trailer gives a deliberately one-sided peek at a film which is ultimately defined by its ending. Expectations should probably be mediated, however—"Catfish" isn't going to blow your mind. In fact, the outcome of this social networking mystery is rather straightforward, but no less brilliant for it. This is a film where palpable suspense cedes way to an unconventional and thought- provoking character study. Maybe the best introduction I can offer is that I really liked it.Arriving in a <more>
market practically gorged with tongue-in-cheek faux documentaries, it's initially difficult to take "Catfish" at face value. The story begins innocuously enough; Yaniv "Nev" Schulman has just had his first picture published in the New York Times when a package arrives at his office containing a painted replica of the photo. The artist is a 12 year- old admirer, and her correspondence begets a peculiar Facebook friendship. As Nev becomes involved with her and her family, however, he begins to notice certain inconsistencies with the perfect lives they lead online.Much of the build-up feels stagey, and surely something is amiss, because either filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are considerably more talented directors than they portray themselves as, or they are not being entirely forthcoming. The prevalence of the camera during seemingly random moments that become key scenes seems perhaps a bit too fortuitous, and the placement and framing of the shots themselves seem too precisely calculated to have been captured on the fly for this amateur guerrilla venture.Yet it doesn't matter in the slightest. "Catfish" is about calling our willingness to accept unsubstantiated information into question, and thus encourages a skepticism and natural inquisitiveness towards itself. The entire thing could be fabricated, and its creators have a built-in ace in the hole. Falsifying a non-fiction film about false identity could add a brilliant meta layer to the puzzle.That being said, I don't believe that Joost and Schulman invented the whole thing. Somebody get these guys a pen and paper if they did. Rather, I tend to identify with the prevailing online rumor that suggests the ending was shot first, with some or most of the first half consisting of retroactive reenactments. But though I question the authenticity of certain moments, whether or not they are genuine seems beside the point—"Catfish" is an effective film.The foundation of that success lies in its solid technique. The gradual rationing of information and the introduction and unraveling of the central mystery is surprisingly well handled. The plot is obtuse and intense when it needs to be, and the suspense is so potent that some have even been let down that it never becomes an all-out thriller.But suspense has the tendency to be undervalued in an of itself, and the suspense in "Catfish" is an exceptionally executed, integral part of the ride. The film, on the whole, works not only because of its moments of seizing, visceral tension, but because of the greater message it evokes. In hindsight, scenes like those exploited in the trailer featuring Nev and his buddies arriving at a quiet farm in the dead of night seem downright silly when compared to where they eventually end up."Catfish" has been getting a ton of very positive press recently, and it deserves much of the praise it's received. But backlash follows hype like a shadow, and I have a feeling that those swayed into seeing the film who might not have otherwise will enter with unrealistic expectations. It is a fascinating, offbeat experiment, but it still appeals to niche interests. The extent to which we let ourselves believe that the internet is a direct extension of our preceptory senses can be dangerous—But I'll say no more. I don't want to spoil anything.
Try to avoid as much plot details about this dark, and compelling documentary as possible. (by Ryan_MYeah)
The film centers around photographer Yaniv "Nev" Schulman, recorded by Ariel Schulman, and Henry Joost. This is all I'm going to reveal about the plot, because I strongly believe that you should see this movie knowing virtually nothing about it. If I even gave a synopsis, I'd be giving too much away.It's a film with a rather dark tone, and smartly edited by Zachary Stuart-Pontier. The documentary does make some strong points, such as "Who is this person?" "Who can I trust?" "What's real, and what's falsehood?" It makes one wonder <more>
what length some will go to hide the truth, and wonder what they would do in a situation like Nev's.The film starts off rather charming, but eventually the film ends up becoming so nervously unsettling, and emotionally devastating that it's painful to watch. I know it made me not want to know what happen, because it just so hard to fathom, but I just decided to grit my teeth, and keep watching. The film is highly thought provoking, question raising, and the tone Joost, and Schulman set helps the film immeasurably.The film is hardly ever pretty to watch, but am eye opener to be certain.I give Catfish *** out of ****
Not just another fish in the film sea (by StevePulaski)
Most human beings have two eyes. One left eye, and one right eye. Catfish pries open your third eye above the two you were born with. That eye is the eye to sense bulls*** from a mile away. It makes you think about the people you associate with online, and the people you come across with on Facebook, the oh-so popular networking site.Upon finishing this film, I was unsure of what to think of it. "Real or fake?" was the question that popped in my head. Could this be just another false documentary teaching us a lesson, but using actors to portray realistic people? Or was this an <more>
authentic documentary showcasing one person's real life experience on the site, and having his brother and friend film it all? My opinion is that this is reminiscent of a reality show. Some scenes are fiction, but somethings are authentic. I really can't say if this is real or fake. But I assume 70% or less is real.The plot is one of those like Paranormal Activity where you can't reveal too much or the whole thing is ruined. Basically, Young New York photographer Yaniv Schulman's life is put on film by brother Ariel Schulman and friend Henry Joost. They show his relationship with a supposedly eight year old girl on Facebook named Abby who is a child prodigy when it comes to painting. Yaniv will send pictures to Abby, and is told Abby paints them with remarkable talent.As time passes, Niv shows extreme interest for Abby's family, including her alleged half-sister Megan, and the mother Angela. Once he uncovers some evidence I won't spoil, he goes out to meet the family. There is when the movie becomes a total enjoyment.Whether fact or fiction, the film makes you think. It succeeds in making you ponder or contemplate the people you associate with on the web. Being an avid reviewer, a social networker, a Tweeter, a Facebooker, a Youtube personality I wonder who is watching my videos. Of course my personal information is nothing but private unless I have a strict build up with the person I discuss with. I haven't ran into any true problems on the web. I consider myself extremely grateful and lucky for that.Catfish succeeds in being an entertaining time capsule of what will soon be the once popular social network. Facebook will eventually die out just like Myspace, but we will have this film to look back on. While 2010 had one more movie based on the site called The Social Network, Catfish deals with Facebook and it's people. TSN was all about the creation of the site, and the problems Zuckerberg and his friends ran into. That was a totally different film, and well worthy of the Golden Globe wins. Catfish is a one of a kind species that shouldn't be thrown back into the water.Starring: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Yaniv Schulman. Directed by: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost.