Louis Theroux explores three tales on different themes in the city Los Angeles.
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Louis travels to DLC Warren in New Jersey, an innovative autism school.

Director: Jamie Pickup
Stars: Louis Theroux, Nicky Ingrassia
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In 1997, Louis made a documentary on the booming Californian porn industry. In 2012, he returns to find an industry that has been decimated by illegal Internet tube sites.

Director: Jason Massot
Stars: Louis Theroux, Francine Amidor, Brandy Aniston
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Louis investigates Ohio's state psychiatric hospitals, meeting patients who have committed crimes but have been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Stars: Louis Theroux
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Louis Theroux travels to San Francisco where a group of doctors help kids who claim to be born in the wrong body.

Director: Tom Barrow
Stars: Louis Theroux
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For two weeks, Theroux visits the San Quentin State Prison.

Director: Stuart Cabb
Stars: Louis Theroux
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In America's heartlands, Louis looks at private collections of tigers and chimpanzees.

Director: Jamie Pickup
Stars: Louis Theroux
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Louis Theroux documents some of the US's most bizarre happenings, events and rituals, by getting involved himself...

Stars: Louis Theroux, Randy James, J.J. Michaels
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Louis goes to South Africa where American tourists pay to hunt wild animals in privately owned reserves.

Director: Paddy Wivell
Stars: Louis Theroux
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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.

Director: Emma Cooper
Stars: Louis Theroux
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Louis returns to the Phelps family to find that several members have left the cult, and that they are being sued.

Director: Emma Cooper
Stars: Louis Theroux, Steve Drain, Betty Phelps
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Louis Theroux visits a small group of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers.

Stars: Louis Theroux, Yair Lieberman, Daniel Luria
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Louis meets parents who have turned to medication to keep their children under control.

Director: Danny Horan
Stars: Louis Theroux
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Complex lives
10 May 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Louis Theroux's trademark method of documentary making is to enter the lives of some very odd people, often in the United States, and watch their lives from close up in a disarming manner that is often revealing, but sometimes only exposes a freak show which he probably knew before he started could be observed but never properly understood. But his latest trio of films, 'L.A. Stories', lack any element of sensationalism. In the first, he looks at dog owners, whose tales of attachment to their animals reveals something more about their lives, mostly at the lower end of L.A. society. In the next, he looks at terminal illness, and the extreme (and arguably unjustified) measures the medical system will go to to keep people alive in the face of unpromising odds. And in the last, he looks at sex offenders, some repentant, many in denial, and some certainly still dangerous, but suffering under impossible laws, aimed at preventing them from living pretty much anywhere. One doesn't want to downplay their crimes, but when a teacher is separated from her own children as punishment for sleeping with a pupil, it seems that some sense of perspective is missing; on the other hand, some of those who feature in the film are undoubtedly still dangerous and it's not clear what actions could really protect society beyond terms of imprisonment again disproportional to any single incident. Theroux holds back from personal judgement; but his films make you think, and wonder about the various complexities that define modern life.


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