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The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez (2000)

Chronicling the last days of the life of the social outcast Ricardo Lopez in 1996 as he mails a bomb to Icelandic singer Björk.


Sami Saif (as Sami Martin Saif)


Sami Saif (as Sami Martin Saif)


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Ricardo Lopez Ricardo Lopez ... Himself (archive footage)


Chronicling the last days of the life of the social outcast Ricardo Lopez in 1996 as he mails a bomb to Icelandic singer Björk.

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2000 (Netherlands) See more »

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Ricardo Lopez 1975-96 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, Florida, USA

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[first lines]
Ricardo Lopez: My name... is Ricardo Lopez. It is January fourteenth, nineteen ninety-six. Today's my birthday, I'm twenty-one. Now, yesterday I purchased... this camera. Today I purchased a tripod, and I will begin a documentation of my life, of my art and of my plans.
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Worrying Overview of a Damaged Mind
28 July 2008 | by picasimsSee all my reviews

When I first saw this documentary, I felt like something was missing and I wanted to know more about what actually happened. And I think it's my sensationalist side that really wanted that because I realized that this documentary is not really about what happened, it's about how it happened. A lot of us saw the last part of Ricardo Lopez's project where he cuts his hair and paints his face with red painting before killing himself. Sami Saif really did a good job by not showing what was not important to understand how it happened. Lopez's psychological portrait is very well explained and everything was useful. We could feel the most bizarre feeling of confidence and solicitude at the same time in Ricardo's voice.

It was very disturbing and very depressing. Because I really thought that no one in is family saw that he needed help. But he actually had plenty of psychological support. We can see that something is lacking in the medical system because this very smart but sick man needed more than just medication.

Ricardo Lopez proved that we are more dangerous to ourselves than to others.

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