Blind dating film review
(Looking at you, Leonard.) In that regard, feels well in line with Netflix’s broader unscripted strategy: sunny, human stories that seek to capture rather than exploit their subjects.“What you’re seeing by seeing people go on the same multiple dates is how they tell their stories,” Culvenor said. “It was having discussions with people that might have the perfect friend or, ‘I’m not single, but oh my God, you’ve got to hear about the experiences of my friend Sarah,’” he said.
Throughout, the focus remained on picking singles from very different walks of life to ensure a wide range of perspectives.“We wanted to avoid cast members who may just want fame or the exposure,” Culvenor said.
“We certainly wanted the idea of the second date to pay off for the audience,” Culvenor said, “but we didn’t want to be so prescriptive, to I guess limit our daters into what they truly and honestly wanted to do.”Going into each date, Culvenor said, producers knew a great deal about each participant—their backstory, their desires, their passions—but the goal was to proceed with a light touch.
He recalled daters asking what they should do as they began their first date—and his response was, “Do what you do on a normal first date.” The daters themselves had no information about their five matches, all of whom Culvenor said had been selected because they seemed like people a single would plausibly come across in their real-life dating orbit.
But rather than getting lost in technicalities, Kohn’s documentary manages to humanize, evolving into a moving portrait of one woman’s belief system and the relatable wounds that lie beneath it.
The most charming episodes aren’t the highest-drama, but those that follow the sorts of stories that aren’t frequently highlighted on TV. All these things are very kind of almost like this kind of personal rhythm that everyone falls into.”The casting process took roughly four months, according to Culvenor; a New York-based casting group scoured the city for potential contestants.But as complicated as modern romance may be, what’s the alternative? It’s called Christian Courtship, and it exists somewhere on the continuum between matchmaking and blind dating.