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76 Ratings

Near Death

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
United States, 1989


Near Death is a film about the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. The film is concerned with how people face death.

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Near Death Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Critics reviews

We are awed by the infinite delicacy of Near Death’s ICU attendings, desperate to affect authority, anxious to comfort. I have tasted those Nature Valley bars. In one scene, someone whispers, “Let’s make a plan before the other doctor gets here.” Capable of the greatest love, and cloak and dagger on the order of Thunderball. Friends! Doctors are humans, too (with the notable exception, of course, of Dr. Oz).
May 13, 2016
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While the epic length might seem daunting to those unfamiliar with Wiseman’s work, the running time is not only justified but ends up feeling practically required by the subject matter, and the experience of watching the film is as easy as breathing (Errol Morris has even said that he thinks it is too short).
June 19, 2015
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