Crime After Crime | Film review
An incendiary L.A. case makes for a prosaic but outraged doc.
A case of a sorrowful story transcending unexciting filmmaking, Yoav Potash’s documentary looks at the politically incendiary case of Debbie Peagler, a California woman serving 25 years to life for her complicity in the 1982 killing of her abusive boyfriend. The narrative tracks the eight-year struggle of her two lawyers to secure her release despite the obstinacy of the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, apparently desperate to cover up alleged misconduct. Potash cannot begin to disentangle the complex legal, moral and ethical issues involved, but as a white-hot work of political and social outrage, the movie succeeds more often than not.