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(Chris James Thomp­son, USA). 75 min­utes. Rat­ing: De­spite deal­ing with a sen­sa­tional sub­ject that made head­lines, this Jef­frey Dah­mer doc does ev­ery­thing in its power to bring its tit­u­lar se­rial killer down to earth.

In re- en­act­ments, Dah­mer pur­chases pet fish, bleach and a big fuck­ing bar­rel, com­ing across as just a re­ally awk­ward white guy who has some pe­cu­liar laun­dry meth­ods. The film in­ter­cuts th­ese re­con­struc­tions, which steer clear of the grisly stuff, with tes­ti­mo­ni­als from Dah­mer’s neigh­bour, in­ter­ro­gat­ing of­fi­cer and the coro­ner who had to make sense of all the dis­as­sem­bled body parts in his apart­ment. What they have to say is in­sight­ful – in a pre­dictable way. Apr 28, 11: 30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 29, 10 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 1; May 4, 9: 45 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2.

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