Absolutely heartbreaking and humbling doco set in the only state of the USA that allows the terminally ill to legally end their lives with medication. This is touching, philosophical work and the dignity, integrity and openness displayed by the films participants is truly honourable. You'll need some tissues. 4.5 stars
A masterful, sensitive, powerful documentary about a difficult subject. Peter Richardson shows how truly great a thoughtful, compassionate documentary can be. Quite a contrast to the sort of fear-mongering, hectoring, histrionics, and rabble-rousing you've come to expect in recent popular documentaries. Whatever Richardson turns his attention to next, he's got my attention already.
I've never been so emotionally overwhelmed by a film than when I saw 'How to Die in Oregon' (And I can safely say the same for just about everyone attending the same screening). A documentary focusing 'Die with Dignity' law in Oregon, Peter Richardson handles the very sensitive subject matter with such professionalism, managing to engage viewers on a completely personal level.
The experience of being moved to tears by movies is largely alien to me; a handful have gotten me misty, next to none have elicited one or two tears. Imagine my surprise when I WEPT straight through the second half of this gorgeous, sorrowful diamond of a film, so intimate and sensitive to its subjects that I felt myself grieving a person and family I'll never know.The case for death with dignity and cinema itself.
A thoughtful, moving documentary about Oregon's Death With Dignity law, a subject that strikes me very personally. If only we had a country with more compassionate, rational-thinking adults. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2011/05/living-in-pain-is-easy-dying-with.html
The patients are constantly faced with the questions “Do I want to live this way and do I want to be here tomorrow.” I understand the topic may sound too difficult to expose yourself to but it’s not. At the end of Oregon I didn’t find myself depressed, but rather empowered by catharsis. See the rest of the review here: http://tinyurl.com/3z57eu9