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Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.
Boring Doco That Bypasses Christine's Story for an Ego-driven Art Project
I walked out of this film after 15 mins, so you should probably take that into consideration when reading.
Kate Plays Christine is a kind of mockumentary that revolves around an actress (Kate Lyn Sheil) preparing for a role in a film that doesn't actually exist (or maybe the role she's preparing for is one where she plays an actor preparing for a role, initiating a loop of pretentiousness the filmmakers seem content to create for themselves).
Kate Lyn Sheil seems to lack character and experience, which would make her a very poor choice for a role where the character publicly kills herself after a tragically short life of anxiety and failure. The filmmakers try to make up for this by focusing on her physical transformation into the character, and presenting some first-hand sources on Christine's life and personality in an extremely shallow way that never attempts to really peel back the layers on who Christine was. The film instead revolves around a pretty, bland girl making herself look good for the camera.
The idea for this mockumentary is solid if needlessly abstract, however the fact that it's welded to a real-life tragedy that doesn't get the attention it deserves downright turns my stomach. If Christine could see how her life story had been co-opted by these thoughtless artists in the pursuit of their own egos I think that she'd feel the same.
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