DTF: Review

Love is hard to find. You can go on blind dates, go to bars to meet somebody who won’t regret meeting you in the morning, or you could try and find someone online who you can connect with and live happily ever after. So many people live busy lives though, so looking for love online may be their only option.

When documentary maker Al Bailey finds out that his friend ‘Christian’, a long-haul flight pilot is looking for love on Tinder after his wife has died, he decides to follow him around the world to see if love online really is possible. Unfortunately, it takes him to places he wasn’t expecting.

DTF is a term used by online users who are ‘down to f**k’, like somebody who has a GSOH and looking for an LTR, but much seedier and most often associated with Tinder. Following Christian around the world, Al is optimistic that love will find a way and that the dates his friend goes on will have a happy ending.

However, Al’s optimism soon turns into regret as he starts to see a side of Christian that he’s never seen before. Desperate to cling on to his documentary and to try and find a way to tell a story, Al decides that he going to have to follow Christian. However, his romantic and optimistic side starts to wear thin as he learns just how low Christian is willing to sink.

Not really knowing what to do next, DTF follows Al and Christian as Al tries to make the best out of what’s happening, trying to guide the documentary in a way that tries to explain Christian’s behaviour.

Al blames the airline industry briefly, touches upon Christian’s grief and even looks into his addiction to try and help. The problem is that Christian is leading while Al follows meaning the documentary maker and his camera crew go down a darker path than they were willing to explore.

Ultimately DTF is a raw, unfiltered and often uncomfortable documentary to watch that will strike a chord with anybody who’s ever known somebody with an addiction. Unfortunately, the finished product does seem rather confused as Al Bailey still tries to wrangle the focus of his documentary into something he originally wanted.

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