Thursday, March 1, 2012


Errol Morris, 2010, 90m, documentary

The film mainly consists of interviews of former beauty queen Joyce McKinney, who came into the limelight in what became famous as the case of the manacled Mormon. McKinney kidnapped the Mormon, a former boyfriend who disappeared to become a missionary, keeping him chained for three days to have her way with him. The case creates a journalistic storm in the less respectable sections of the British press and media. The different tabloids are shown in a ferocious battle to grab bits of the story first, going to all extents to doctor the news and photographs, to be ahead in circulation. The "accused" pleads innocent and finally disappears back into the US emerging decades later as she gets her deceased dog cloned by a Korean specialist. What makes the film interesting is the veracity of the persona which emerges from the hilarious interviews, testifying to the contrariness that constitutes a human being. Morris at his usual best on his familiar turf.


Seongyong Cho said...

One amusing thing: they did not translate well what a Korean specialist said, though they managed to give the summary of what he was saying.

S M Rana said...

At least proves that Korea has world level scientific muscles.