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Thousand yard stares and lecherous old men. The way the porn industry thrives off of misfortune is a harrowing thing, and here it is all on full display.
I genuinely have to applaud this for its creative premise and treatment of the subject material. By the end you feel about as squeamish as the boys being interviewed. I wish that Jones developed this idea further, as the ending comes somewhat abruptly, and the rather on-the-nose narration gives an impression that this idea would be explored much more thoroughly.
Nonetheless, this was impactful, and ultimately it provides a very unique telling of a traumatic time for many.
The swelling music heightens every emotion. The crushing silence cements the lingering hopelessness. In one of the final scenes, a main character, overwhelmed by guilt, attempts to hang himself but fails to do even that. Defeated, he falls to his knees in the snow and screams. This just about sums up how this film should leave you feeling.