a film by Eric Steel
One of the most moving and brutally honest films about suicide ever made…remarkably free of religious cant and of cozy New Age bromides. Eerie and indelible.
The Bridge is both a beautiful film and a disturbing one, and the connection between those two characteristics makes it the most disquieting of documentaries.
An essential piece of journalistic filmmaking: It de-romanticizes the idea of suicide by italicizing it in all its bleak, brutal reality, while making palpable the tortured predicament of those left behind.
Four Stars (Hightest Rating). “[The Bridge] is brave and unflinching, unshakably haunting and deeply mysterious. I doubt I’ll forget it until the day I die.
The real item under consideration here is the movie itself, and the bottom line is that it lands in a humane place. The overall effect of the film is broadening. To see it is to dread the bridge jumps and to come away with a feeling of compassion and empathy.
A serious, wrenching and oddly poetic documentary.
A brutally discouraging spectacle, presented without a hint of sensationalism, and perhaps it is the film’s eerie placidity that makes the sudden fatalities, so devoid of drama, all the more disquieting.