The wonderful and frightening world of being Neil Diamond
Director David Sarich has succeeded in doing what would seem to be an impossible task: making the kitschy underworld of Neil Diamond look-alikes not only interesting but memorable. Who knew there was even an underworld of Neil Diamond look-alikes? Shaky and improvised from the beginning, Sarich's film has the look of being shot on a shoestring and a handshake. The angles and locations are unreliable and often as unusual as they were probably unplanned. This fits in admirably with the nature of the project: Sarich is exploring an unknown realm, charting an expanse of kitsch that is known only to those live there. Had he gone in, cameras and lights blaring with pre-planned studio-set interviews the doors would have shut immediately. By bringing the camera along more as an accoutrement than a tool, Sarich has enabled the characters on screen to drop their guard and really lay themselves open for who and what they are. The comments from the interviewees seem natural, genuine and completely unguarded. David Sarich is one to look for in the future. Who would ever have thought not only to find interest in these characters but also in the strange land they inhabit? What else will Sarich find interesting in the future?
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