At 52 minutes, Director, Tally Abecassis‘ film is a brief watch that plays more like a pilot episode for a spin-off of A&E’s Horders – a great show, by the way.
This short running time is both a blessing and a curse. A curse in that there was not enough time to delve into what makes the many collectors in this film tick, or to explore in-depth what the differences between obsessively collecting and hording are – apparently, one is just more organized and cleaner than the other. A blessing in the sense that by not digging too deep into the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the collector, the film was able to keep me smiling from start to finish. I can totally appreciate a documentary that knows how to keep it simple and doesn’t overreach its objective.
If you’re expecting to see a deep exploration into the psyche of an obsessive collector, Unlikely Treasures will probably disappoint. But for those of you looking for a brief glimpse into what it is others collect, and/or just enjoy hunting for treasures on your day off from work, you can take comfort in watching this film without feeling you have wasted your money.