One Hour Photo (2002)

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A socially dysfunctional photo technician develops a fixation on a “perfect” family who’s idyllic existence is presented to him in the series of picture-postcard snapshots they bring in to develop.

I must admit I approached this film not expecting much, mainly because of the presence of Robin Williams whose dramatic chops i had reason to doubt. But I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. The presentation of the story from the stalker’s point of view gives the story a fresh twist, as you can actually have some sympathy for the character rather than his being demonised as a stereotypical predator. It’s also very stylishly directed with particularly nice use of primary colours and the performances are all strong, including that of Williams himself.

An intelligent and perceptive psychological thriller with a Hitchcockesque voyeuristic spin.

6.5/10

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