Kurt's narration, his voice sometimes trembles sometimes, and when it does happen, I feel like this documentary is truly the most honest, heartfelt, emotional and personal (not to mention the most disturbing) one I've ever watched. Let me tell you something, you watch this once, it stays with you forever.
Nobody'll confuse DZ for Sans Soleil, but both films gather details from unusual array of sources & paste them into narrative of devastating weight. DZ's subject isn't an interior life but an intensely social life, one shattered by tabloid-style murder. Kuenne rejects Herzogian darkness, but DZ's perfect storm of anger, intimacy, CHAOS, & narrative drive may still convince you that birds aren't singing but screaming.
When the film started, I was annoyed at it's pacing and style but by the time it ended I was completely sobbing. This is one of the saddest things I've ever seen in my entire life. I was completely unaware of the story going in and therefore when it took a turn for the worst my heart just dropped. I don't know if I've ever seen such a wide display of both human evil and kindness in just one film. Gorgeous. 5 stars.
There is so much love in the circle of people that drove this film. Real, honest editing style. Something very down-home about it. A shame this group of loving chose the path of fighting hate with hate and couldn't let any forgiveness into themselves for the sake of the baby. This doc. is wildly one sided and lacks perspective. The lack is palpable. Crusading and winning took precedence over forgiveness and healing.
Dear Zachary is many things: A masterful, breathless piece of film editing and compilation, an edge-of-your-seat true crime story, and a heartbreaking, though hopeful remembrance of a man and his son. It deserves its spot among the greatest documentaries ever made.
I actually got no words to say about it. It fucking broke my heart just like anyone else. It is a very good film, but terribly painful to watch. Watch it, though, cos it does not only tell the story of hideous crimes, but also the story of some trully unique people.