viernes, 22 de abril de 2011

The Bridge," an eerie and indelible documentary about suicide, juxtaposes transcendent beauty and personal tragedy as starkly as any film I can recall. Throughout the movie, inspired by “Jumpers,” Tad Friend’s 2003 article in The New Yorker, the Golden Gate Bridge shimmers like a pathway to heaven. Photographed from multiple perspectives, at all times of the day and in all kinds of weather, the bridge looms as an unearthly monument that seems to float in space, especially when ringed with fog through which the spires of San Francisco peek. The Golden Gate, however, is also a legendary point of departure for people determined to end their lives. And as the camera fixes its gaze on the structure, it captures people leaping to their deaths. The director Eric Steel and his crew spent all of 2004 filming the bridge during daylight hours and caught most of the two-dozen suicides that occurred that year. “The Bridge” juxtaposes breathtaking scenes of the Golden Gate and its environs, shot in digital video, with the harrowing personal stories of family members and friends of those who jumped. Because their testimony is remarkably free of religious cant and of cozy New Age bromides, this is one of the most moving and brutally honest films about suicide ever made

Director: Eric Steel
Year 2006
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Documentary
Sound: Dolby Digital
Rating: R
Language: English (Sub. Español)
Country: USA