THE FILM FO­CUSES ON

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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.

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