Really, save an hour and a half and don't see it.
I love documentaries. Given the choice of what to watch on TV I'll choose a documentary every time. This is currently showing on the Sundance channel and I remembered the incident so I decided to watch it.
I think a documentary should shed some light on it's subject and this one didn't. I wanted to understand what zoophilia is. As I understood it, zoophilia is not necessarily about sex so I wanted to know how it differed from anyone who claims to love their pet more than people. I wanted to understand the compulsion of someone who would travel across the country in order to have a "loving, emotional" relationship with a horse they'd never met. I wanted to know if it was really true that they sent people money so they could visit the farm or if people paid for their visits. I wanted to know the psychology behind their desires. I wanted to know why CNN would send a helicopter to cover an accidental death. I wanted to know how someone's idea of a "loving, caring" relationship morphed into getting drunk with a bunch of guys and letting a horse penetrate you anally while someone video taped it. I wanted to know if they were selling the tapes and thats how they got the money to entice people to visit.
Those are a few of the questions I expected the film to address since it was billed as a documentary
Since the fim didn't address any of this I thought the film maker exploited a sensational headline for some purpose other than making a document of any sort.
I also really wondered how they got the actual people involved in the incident to appear in the film. I imagine they told them they would get a chance to explain so that zoophiles could come out of the closet and talk about their desires. Instead they come out looking like beautifully lit and photographed sleezeballs who dropped their friend off at the hospital anonymously rather than explain what happened and then ran home to try to hide all the tapes, CDs and computer files -- not quite the actions of someone who claims they have no shame about having a horse as a boyfriend. In short, I think the men who appeared in the fim were exploited by the film makers who convinced them to be in the movie but wouldn't let them talk on camera.
Maybe when the film first came out seemed nonexploitive, compared to the media circus surrounding the story.
This wasn't a local story. It was a huge story. CNN and all the major networks covered it. The film has blips of Limbaugh, et al bleating about it. The fact that nobody even remembers the incident makes the movie seem even more exploitive.
I will say the film is beautifully photographed. Really pretty to look at. Turn off the sound on the TV and put on some cool, mellow music and it can be a beautiful meditation on the quality of light in the Pacific Northwest.
Maybe it's just me.