Overwhelmingly sad, honest, creepy and ultimately hopeful, Catfish is easily the most buzzed-about documentary of the Sundance Film Festival so far, but also one that comes with a few rules -- most notably that it's best to go into it as fresh and spoiler-free as possible. On one side, it's unfortunate, because there's some great discussion to be had, but on the other I understand the need from a marketing (and moviegoer) standpoint to keep certain parts of Catfish a secret because by doing so it intensifies the overall experience of watching the film.
But here's what I can tell you: Yaniv "Nev" Schulman is a young up-and-coming New York photographer who, at one point, had one of his photos published in The New York Sun. Not long after that, Nev received a painting of his photograph in the mail; one that was so expertly and beautifully crafted by an 8-year-old girl named Abby. Nev soon struck up a Facebook friendship with Abby, sending her his photographs in order to help feed this little girl with an amazing talent -- eventually becoming online and phone friends with Abby's family, including her mother Angela and older sister Megan, as well as several of Megan's friends from home in Michigan.
Fascinated by this relationship and the art it was producing, Nev's filmmaker brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost decided to document the goings-on of this somewhat peculiar-yet-endearing friendship, but little did they know at the time it would turn into one of the most fascinating stories you'll watch all year.
While Nev and the family continued to share their mutual appreciation for art and song, he slowly began to develop a closer, more intimate relationship with Abby's older sister Megan. The two were in love -- a perfect match on so many different levels -- chatting constantly on the phone, over G-chat and through text messages. It was the definition of a modern romance -- one fueled by technology and made stronger each day Nev and Megan spent apart. But then something happened, forcing Nev, Ariel and Henry to go on a really wild adventure that would take them across the United States and deep within their own perception of how the world should work, and how it actually does work.
Revealing, profound and surprisingly therapeutic, Catfish is a must-see for the Friend-Me-Now generation, as well as a striking portrait of a modern-day online relationship from beginning to ...