As usual, a great Herzog film. A documentary with a feeling, tackling the complexities of reality and the power of circumstance, among other existential question. Not really patronizing, but forceful in its message.
Documentaire sur les derniers moments de l'attente d'un jeune criminel dans le couloir de la mort, des témoignages poignants des familles, des meurtriers et leur famille, des victimes, du pasteur, d'un ex-bourreau.. Jamais lourd, jamais voyeur, jamais jugeant ni donneur de leçon, le regard du réalisateur est plein de finesse et d'humanité. Magnifique.
A humanizing film about crime, death row, and the disturbing practice of state-sanctioned murder that persists in several states. Gathered through raw interviews with perpetrators of violence, their victims, and their families, Herzog's film is able to explore the various complexities, subjectivities, and viewpoints that are often silenced in US criminal discourse.
It's easy to have an opinion about capital punishment when it's just a far-away, abstract concept. Herzog simply tells these people's stories and does away with the abstraction. There are actually people all over the country faced with it and affected deeply.