This film deals with a topic that still makes people uncomfortable: suicide.
It deals with the topic in an honest way,showing the impact that a suicide has on a wide circle of people,as well as the sense of shame and stigma that surrounds the people left behind. The lead character is Skip,played by Chad Lowe. The film shows events leading up to,and after his suicide. There is denial that what he did was in fact a suicide. His mother (played so well by Mariette Hartley) decides to find out the truth,no matter how painful that might be.
The film is not always easy to watch,particularly a scene where Skip's sister reaches breaking-point after all the denial and speculation. It is a film that I would recommend for screening at schools, possibly followed by a discussion about the themes touched on here. The film avoids shying away from reality,and avoids becoming overly sentimental. A well-made movie.