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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mexican Housemaid
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Comedian's Wife (as Susan Marie Brecht)
Coroner Mo Donahue
Crying Neighbor
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David Flowers
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Jimmy joins a corrupt LAPD police force as a crime scene photographer. Soon, however, his life takes a turn for the worse as he descends into madness, rearranging evidence and victims to "resurrect" them through his pictures. Written by Becca <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,066 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$11,384 (USA) (10 October 2003)

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Russo: No.
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6 April 2000 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Where love and devotion can lead to. Scary !

Camera Obscura is a love story, set in downtown L.A., where the LAPD is the synonym of corruption. Jimmy is a young and sensible photographer, who wants to make ends meet a little bit easier, so he becomes photographer for the LAPD and thus has to make pictures at crime scenes. Very soon, he realizes that he's the wrong guy at the wrong place.

Camera Obscura is Hamlet Sarkissian's first feature film. Although he wanted to make a very hard movie, he knew how to convince young professionals to work with him. It's also thanks to his cameraman, Harris Zambarloukos, that the film becomes flashy, up tempo and intriguing.

I hope Camera Obscura will get any chance it deserves. I'm waiting impatiently for Hamlet Sarkissian's next project.

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