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The Bridge (2006)

Cast: Carole Smith, Carole Smith
Director: Brett Hanover, Brett Hanover
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Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
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Shot over an entire year in 2004, THE BRIDGE is a startling documentary about San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the people who go there to end their lives. Director Eric Steel and his crew managed to dissuade some of the tortured souls who peered into the abyss during filming, but also saw plenty of people who did end their lives; they also talk to some of the family members who lost people that year.

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Impressive! by JMorton February 8, 2008 - 6:48 PM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I don't usually do this,but I was so moved by this movie, I just had to write my review of this movie.
I was especially impressed by the kindness, sensitivity and refinement of the movie makers' approach to the this subject! It would have been so easy to sensationalize this! Instead, it seemed to me that the filmmakers were open to and non-judgmental about the whole subject as well as the survivor and the families involved.

Very sobering subject, handled with great respect and delicacy. Brsvo! This should be required viewing for everyone, especially all Therapists and anyone who might be contemplating suicide.

An Incomplete Look by shiftless November 23, 2007 - 11:24 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I can't say The Bridge is a great piece of film making. The shots of the bridge were at time gorgeous, but in the end the film had no real point other than presenting a handful of stories about a few people who jumped. It could have been so much more if they had bothered to present some historical data on suicides there, or what local services are like for those with mental illness in the Bay Area, or efforts that have been made to prevent suicides there and why they have failed etc. So it kinda fell flat in that area.

What was most compelling for me was seeing how each survivor tried to justify their own behavior towards the friend/relative who jumped while they were still alive. It really exposed all the pain, devastation, and endless questioning left behind by those who choose to kill themselves.

I think this film definitely crosses an ethical line, and there's a mini-feature about the making of the film in the extra features. You'll have to decide for yourself if you believe what the film makers say. I don't think I'll ever forget seeing those people jump in their last moments, but this film could have been a lot more than it was.

Face to face with suicide by tungwaiyip September 20, 2007 - 3:37 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The Bridge is a controversial documentary about the people committing suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

The first thing I notice about the film is that it is so beautiful. Even though Golden Gate Bridge has been photographed countless times, it never appears as attractive as in this film. The architecture, the geometry, the nature environment, the beautiful dance of light and fog. People walking on beaches, surfing, or sightseeing on gorgeously sunny days. It is just perfect. Perhaps just a perfect place to end it all?

The subject of this film is its dark side. People was seen jumping off the bridge in this film. When the friends and families of the victims are interviewed, you realized there was a tormented person behind each incident. Whether it is mental illness, financial or relationship issue or any combination of above, life has became unbearable for them. Yet it was never an end it all action. Their death often leave the friends and families agonizing over the whole matter.

The film is controversial because it has witnessed the entire action on film. It brings us down a slippery slope of voyeurism. I think this can be in part justified by forcing people to come face to face with it. I have lived in San Francisco for 8 years. The Golden Gate Bridge suicides only come across to me as some sort legend. When you visit the bridge, it is so beautiful you never believe someone will actually do it. Maybe we have some incidences in the past but not today? But no, it is real. It happens regularly, in broad daylight in front of many tourists. You will also see there are real people behind who are suffering from it.

This really leads to the perpetual discussion of building taller fences on the bridge as a suicide barrier. I am convinced that it will be effective. And that we have a moral obligation to do so.

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