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Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen (2001)

TV Movie  |  Documentary  |  13 May 2001 (USA)
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Documentary about the subculture of child beauty pageants (usually restricted to girls no older than 5), showing the lengths to which some parents will go to ensure that their children win these pageants...

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Documentary about the subculture of child beauty pageants (usually restricted to girls no older than 5), showing the lengths to which some parents will go to ensure that their children win these pageants...

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One of the best horror tragedies ever made
18 February 2002 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

If you've never seen exploitation documentary, this is a great starting point. As another reviewer said, the subjects speak for themselves. The scariest thing about this disgusting true-life story is that the subjects would probably find it a supportive, wholesome story of family life with a precocious child. Any sane viewer will see it as it is: children trapped by the reality-warping gravitational field of their mothers' solipsistic quests for validation.

The mothers seems to fit into one of 2 categories: 5% glamour queens and, 95% bovine / porcine wannabes. Both are equally disturbing for entirely different reasons. The projection of their failed hopes and warped frustrations onto their trusting children is horrific to watch.

Outstanding documentary. A must-see.


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