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Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles (2009)

Louis visits Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, home to over 500 convicted paedophiles, and spends some time with those undergoing treatment.

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Louis visits Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, home to over 500 convicted paedophiles, and spends some time with those undergoing treatment.

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an exploration of darkness
20 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

While touching on some of society's most taboo and disturbing issues, Louis Theroux forms a fascinating and eerie look at a mental hospital populated by sex offenders. At first, these sex offenders may seem like fine, slightly creepy individuals. There are points in which Louis is just casually talking with one before asking them what their crime was. "I'm a child molester" they say, and everything seems to go quiet.

As the documentary progresses, things seem to get more dark, twisted, and mysterious. Though provoking questions are masterfully crafted through Louis' confused lens. Does society look down upon these offenders too harshly? Can their crimes ever be forgiven? can they be cured of their demented desires?

Louis provides these sex offenders with both shock and sympathy. The setting of the mental hospital is painstakingly eerie, and many questions of morality are constantly being brought up. This is a dark and troubling documentary, but a chilling and interesting one nonetheless.


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