Even in my darkest hours I have never considered death a way out. There was always at least a glimmer of hope. How far does one have to fall into the darkness to believe plunging off a bridge is the only recourse. A tragic commentary on a world of hopeless lonely people embracing the end of existence.
There's much discussion about the topic of suicide and how this film delves into that, but I was more moved by the beauty of the cinematography around the various stories. The Golden Gate Bridge has never looked so beautiful, yet ominous. The filmmakers are brilliant in their use of the teeming life around the Bridge to contrast with the subject of death lurking in every passerby. It's masterfully done.
Eric Steel's career starts with this "documentary". According to the director's statement, filming people jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge with a telephoto lens should open your eyes on the matter of suicide... As far as I am concerned, it's just hypocrisy and exploitation of the victims.
A haunting and divisive film focusing on a notorious location: the Golden Gate Bridge. A harrowing documentary that shines a light so directly on one of the most common contemporary causes of death, that it could be accused of being disgracefully exploitative, like a snuff movie. However, everyone is on the mental health spectrum. Isn't it time to break the stigma and taboo; to face this societal reality head on?
I had high hopes for this film. While I appreciate what they tried to do, it felt exploitative. In fact, many of the interviewees came off as suicide enablers. I wonder if the director highlighted them as a way to relieve his own conscience? No statistics, science, facts or research about suicides. The director claims that the crew saved lives, but that was never mentioned. I'm skeptical and frankly disappointed.
I'm not sure there is a way to review this fairly or make it. The whole time I was thinking someone actually filmed these people jumping. Obvious I know but it makes it feel somewhat exploitative, without the context given by the interviews maybe it would have been. Now I need to watch a cheesy comedy to make up for depressing my room-mates. Effective yes, ethical I'm not sure.
Beyond exploitive documentary for which the filmmaker misrepresented himself to get permission to film the Golden Gate bridge for a year not disclosing the actual purpose of his film. Then the filmmakers reach out to the families and friends of the dead for their take on their loved one's suicides. Cinema verite this isn't.
What are we supposed to do w/ this? Is the idea that suicide is a tragedy that can be forestalled? I don't believe so. What is the purpose of filming people jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge? We are told that at least one person who leapt and survived regretted having leapt at the very moment of having done. Perhaps we're being made to experience this queasy moment-of-no-return. (?). A supremely dubious enterprise.
Not great. Was worried about how upsetting it might be, ended up being alright but the interviews with the families didn't really paint a full portrait. Maybe the filmmakers just did the best with what they had to work with. Anyway I applaud them for doing something this radical, capturing these moments, and trying to figure out what brought people to this point. Very sad.