-Critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes
In terms of it being a documentary about suicide, it is very well done. I don't know any other film on the subject that creates as much empathy, or gives as much insight into the desire to take your own life. The subjects range from the clinically depressed, to the mentally ill. One of the interviewees is a jumper who survived the fall, and he reveals that as soon as he jumped, he realised he wanted to live. It poses a very interesting question - is suicide preventable?
Which makes it difficult for me to write a critique of the film without considering how the footage was acquired.
When people think of film making, they think of glamour, and excitement. But actually, many film makers are motivated because they want to create something meaningful that will help others. Because of this noble intention, a film maker will sometimes act against their own humanitarianism, believing the film's impact will justify the means. I've kept the camera rolling in situations where people have broken down in tears. My human instinct is to cut, but my film making instinct overrides that.
In this documentary, Eric Steele has taken things one step further, walking a fine line between observational film maker and... well... cold-blooded human (a man who could have done something). 'The Bridge' is a powerful film, but I honestly don't know if it was worth it.
No rating... How can you rate something like this?! All I can say is that since it's been already made I would definitely recommend seeing it.
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