The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez

(USA 2000)

I love Björk. Not like this, though.

The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez is disturbing to say the least. It’s a real-time documentary — I would say self exploitation film — of one twisted super fan’s mental descent while he executes his plot to get even with Björk by mailing a letter bomb to her. Why? Because of who she chose to date.

This is difficult to watch. Culled from found footage, it’s a possibly well-intentioned but lurid exposé that showcases an ugly truth about fame, fandom, and insanity. Lopez clearly had problems. SPOILER ALERT: I’m glad he killed himself before he hurt her.

This is a film you probably don’t need to see, but if you do then once is enough. It broke my heart.

Production: Sami Saif

104 minutes

Not rated
(YouTube) A

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