Abducted in Plain Sight (2016) English Documentary Short Review

There would be several occasions in the course of watching ‘Abducted in Plain Sight’, when you would pause the play button and contemplate on whether what you are watching is indeed a true event. A few random Google searches later, you return to watch the rest of it, as implausible as the whole idea of it seems.

The documentary, directed by Skye Borgman covers the kidnappings of Jan Broberg Felt, an Idaho teenager who was abducted by her neighbor Robert Berchtold in the 1970s on two separate occasions. Jan’s story is certainly not an easy watch, and sends an eerie chill up your spine, as more and more unnerving tales of infidelity unravel as her parents join in on the disclosures.

This is a fantastic documentary that has earned its fair share of accolades, and rightly so, in that it gets almost all its facts straight and right. But the gullibility of Jan’s parents still leave us aghast, and so does her affection for ‘B’, that defies all sense of logic and reason, her highly naive age notwithstanding. All said and done, ‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ does make for a compelling watch.


Verdict: Good


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