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This review is from: The Bridge  [DVD] (DVD)
There is no doubt this is an extremely difficult film to watch on a number of levels and also makes it very difficult to rate.
On a superficial level the film is a largely static film of suicides from the Golden gate bridge which apparently is the most popular location for suicides (eclipsing Beachy Head). Some of these you see in relative close up and others are just a distant splash nn the water - so not ideal for the voyeur. It has a series of interviews with the relatives of those who took their lives and in one instant of a survivor, it is remarkable that some do survive at all, who is a clearly troubled human being both before and after the event. In most cases the sense of loss these relatives have is immense and tremendously affecting.
There is of course a much deeper and troubling level which makes the whole thing so uncomfortable to watch and therefore needs to be treated with caution. It is profoundly harrowing, particularly as it tracks, as a recurring theme in the film, one individual who seem ambivalent in his attempt. It is really hard to come away thinking that this suicide could have not been prevented both by his friends and by the film makers. The event burns into your retina and now several months after seeing this film it still rattles around my head.
I don't often see the point in age ratings on film but this is one that fully justifies its 18 rating. Approach with care I don't think you will forget ever watching it whether you want to or not!