THE FILM FOCUSES ON
While the film focuses on Rheeder, its underlying message is intended to be relatable to all: the highs, lows and torment self-inflicted by those reaching higher. Riding films equally undergo incessant pressure to be different—bigger, excessively exotic, alarmingly expensive, insufferably arduous. Filming “Beautiful Idiot” invoked its own challenges but Mendel, Thompson and the Studio Dialog followed cinema’s tried-and-true format: a good story. They didn’t reinvent filmmaking, and rather than try to be different, they tried to be relatable by seeking perfection within their surroundings.