• 12
  • Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman (2010)
  • US
  • 83 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Billed as a "reality thriller", this documentary follows the misadventures of New York photographer Nev Schulman. He begins an online correspondence with a Michigan family, whose eight-year-old daughter has been sending him her paintings based on his pictures of dancers. After a flurry of parcels, texts, emails and Facebook contacts, Nev finds himself very much involved with this household halfway across America, even becoming romantically involved with the junior artist's 19-year-old sister. Surprises are in store however, when Nev and the film-makers (his brother Ariel, plus co-director Henry Joost) decide to drop by for a visit. The unfolding events prove unsettling, creepy and, ultimately, quite poignant, as all concerned discover that real-world human interaction and Facebook friendship are rather different things. The film's freewheeling strangeness leaves the viewer unable to decide if it is truthful or exploitative, genuine or faked. Tantalising indeed, and it shows that communications technology designed to bring people together may be doing so in ways none of us expect.

Plot Summary

Documentary. When New York photographer Nev Schulman begins to correspond with Abby, a talented eight-year-old girl from Michigan, everything seems perfectly innocent. Then Nev starts to show an interest in Abby's teenage half-sister Megan, which leads film-maker brother Ariel and partner Henry to document their burgeoning cyber-relationship. But as things become to develop for Nev and Megan, so do the film-makers' suspicions that everything is not what it appears to be.

Cast and crew


Nev Schulman
Nev Schulman
Ariel Schulman
Ariel Schulman


Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 17 Dec 2010
Certificate 12
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