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Not only did Kirat’s tormentor conceive a fantasy land for the two of them, she built an entire world with a range of characters — aunts and uncles, younger siblings, older male relatives, entire Facebook groups of people. A whole parallel universe of individuals constructed in their entirety as part of the dupe. To convince Kirat that Bobby was a real, three-dimensional person. And the love of her life.
If you don’t take yourself too seriously, and appreciate stories of tenacity in what ultimately comes off as a much more innocent time, dial up the Operator — but maybe make sure you turn those headphones down a notch as you do.
Occasionally heartbreaking, but often inspiring this is an intelligent and non-indulgent piece of work. Despite its reality TV subject matter, it never stoops to the gutter. On the contrary, it is holds its head high and dazzles. Just like Miriam did.
The entirety of The Grand Scheme is Keenan’s narration “complemented” by John Stamos commentary — and that’s it. No other witnesses. No accomplices. No cops describing their side of things. No reporters from the time reliving the story. Just two guys in a backyard shooting the shit.
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