Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Bridge - a Portrait of Suicide and Death

After visiting San Francisco and the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, I talked with a few of my friends about the film, "The Bridge." I saw it this past weekend.

Given that the Golden Gate Bridge is the single place where the most people in the world come to commit suicide, "The Bridge" isn't what I expected it to be. It isn't a gripping political expose of the problems with Golden Gate Bridge policies (or lack thereof). Instead, filmmaker Eric Steel filmed the bridge for a whole year, where he captured many of the dozens of suicides that took place on camera, and then talked with some of the people that witnessed the plunge, or who were related to the deceased. Each person's story is different and together, they represent a patchwork of the mindset of a suicidal human being.

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Some of the stories are haunting, while others are told as nonchalantly as though they were any other anecdote. Every one of the victims approached death differently, as did every one of their families. The film is well-made from a documentary standpoint; despite its low budget, it doesn't look like it was made on a shoestring, and Steel is decidedly a good photographer. Perhaps the film's greatest strength is that in the end, it leaves you to decide completely how to feel about the deaths: compassionate, angry, or detached.

See it if you want to see into the eyes of someone who's about to kill themselves. But beware; it will leave you slightly different than when you started watching.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The rails on the Golden Gate Bridge are too low you can lean
over and fall. The police and Bridge authorities admit that they
stop at least one person each week from killing themselves.

And each week someone is successful and dies …

Conservatively that means that 100 people a year attempt death
and tragically one a week dies the most horrible way …

The Bridge Directors have voted…but only to study the death at the Bridge

Help stop the carnage the rails on the Golden Gate have to be raised now !