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When teenager Margot (Michelle La) is not found, her widowed father David (John Cho), with whom she has always had a close relationship, realizes that he does not know any of her friends and has no idea where to start looking. The “search” is, therefore, the nightmare of parents that (like most things) is aggravated by the Internet, which seems to be both the cause and the solution to David and Margot’s problems.

Directed by debutant Aneesh Chaganty from a script he co-wrote with sev Ohanian, “Searching” was produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the Russian madman who had shot vampire movies before but had recently switched to the “life on screen” genre, where entire narratives are played on computer screens. In this case, it’s David on his own laptop and Margots going through his previous video blogs, chatting with various people, looking for clues in emails and photos and following live messages. For it to work, you need to accept that everyone, even police investigators, even strangers, have most of your conversations via FaceTime, and that a teenage Vlogger continues with the Live cast after his father arrives in the room, and some other not entirely plausible things.

You also have to accept Debra Messing’s confusingly bad performance as the likeable police officer handling the case. Whatever she did, Chaganty should have stopped her.

But it usually works quite well, Chaganty stays within the limits of the trick by maintaining the usual cinematic grammar (close-ups, pans, dramatic music, etc.).). Record two people having a FaceTime conversation the same way they record a traditional call, but instead of cutting between locations, it cuts from one window on the desktop screen to another window on the same desktop. The plot with the usual smokescreen, red herrings and last-minute surprises that are slightly ridiculous in a kind of “Law and Order:

SVU” does not depend on the format and would have worked well as a traditional narrative, but the structure of “Screen Life” gives us moments that we would not otherwise have, like an angry parent writing a long and rumbling text message to a disobedient child before throwing it into the air and replacing it with something less emotional. It’s interesting to see the details of a normally internal thought process, and John Cho’s sympathetic and fully engaged performance as a concerned father justifies the film and gives it a beating heart rather than an angry pulse.

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