Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year focusing on the Golden Gate Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented nearly two dozen suicides and a great many unrealized attempts.
An icon of the American West and of the vibrant promise of the Bay Area, the Golden Gate bridge has its own infamous side as a magnet for suicide attempts. Eric Steel’s film is a powerful documentary of observation (and of some intervention) of man-made achievement and its unique locus desperation.
One of the most depression, eye-opening and raw documentaries i have watched. I was in tears within minutes - very touching. I think the subject of suicide goes unspoken of far too often and this film really allows discussion.
The Bridge is probably the most depressing documentary of recent years, but also one of the best. The image of Gene pacing up and down the bridge and then finally taking the plunge has stayed with me since seeing this film and it's honestly something I don't think I will ever forget seeing.
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?
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.
My most recent obsession. Haunting, compelling, inspirational in terms of artistic merit. This is a film that not only investigates the problem of suicide but also does something else that, in my opinion, is key in creating a great documentary. Namely, it sheds light on a problem that prior to the film's release was more or less unknown... The film has created a positive reaction that has led to change/awareness...
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.
Extremely touching and devastating... not only on the content side (which is simply heartbreaking), but also on the breathtaking imagery and outstanding cinematrographics. Not suitable for everybody out there though.
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.