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The Bridge

A movie directed by Eric Steel

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While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. - Leonardo da Vinci

  • May 18, 2008
When I asked my husband what movie we were watching tonight and he gave me this films description, I was immediately repulsed. I argued with him about watching such a depressing film and pretty much begged him to find something else on TV. I had no interest in watching people leap to their deaths and then listen to their families as they morn their lost loved ones.

As is usually the case in remote control wars in my home, I lost. So I grabbed my book and settled in to ignore the tube. Five minutes into it, my book was forgotten and I was riveted. As silly as this may sound, it wasn't as depressing as I thought it would be. It's shocking, disturbing, sad and tragic, but more than that it's fascinating. I could not believe how many people have killed themselves on that bridge. It's frightening.

I was really against watching this film as I have had two people I have loved deeply commit suicide. There isn't a pain on this earth that is comparable to the pain that friends and family experience after someone kills themselves. I didn't want to watch others go through what I have already gone through, I thought it would be too hard. Surprisingly the friends and families are at a place in the grieving process where they have accepted what happened and some even understand why it happened. A lot of the people who jumped had a history of mental illness or some sort of long term problems. One father seemed to find his peace by thinking his son was finally got what he wanted, that he was finally happy.

The absolute desperation these people must have felt to take such a terrifying leap is palpable. It's impossible to not feel empathy for all those involved. Despite the subject matter, it's not a gory film and it doesn't glorify, over dramatize, or try to play with the sympathies and emotions of the viewer. I am not sure what purpose this film serves, but for me it helped me see the suicides of my loved ones in a little different light, maybe I won't be so angry anymore, maybe I can find my peace in their peace.

Cherise Everhard, May 2008

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review by . March 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: some beautiful camera work of surrounding areas      Cons: depressive      The Bottom Line:    "One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied   But then again   I know what it would do   Leave me wishing still,   For one more day with you"   ~Diamond Rio       I'll admit I watched The Bridge for very personal reasons.  It is a documentary by director Eric …
review by . October 13, 2010
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Eric Steel assembled a group of what amounts to camera people to film the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of a year. Why?      More suicides are committed on that spot of geography than any other. Mr. Steel learned this from The New Yorker in 2003. Starting from the first day of 2004, he brgan shooting the bridge. During the course of 90 minutes, the cameras catch a number of people jumping from the bridge.      I’m not kidding.      …
review by . July 19, 2009
The topic is quite difficult, but I feel like the director brought a human face to a problem that everyone feels helpless to solve. Dozens of people kill themselves each year on the Golden Gate bridge, but not much is known about the families and the impact on them. The Bridge conducts sobering interviews with both people who witnessed the suicides and those left behind.       With a lot of patience, the crew filmed for a year and caught about 24 suicides. This was done with …
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The Bridge

The Bridge is a 2006 documentary film by Eric Steel that tells the stories of a handful of individuals who committed suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. The film was inspired by an article entitled "Jumpers," written by Tad Friend appearing in The New Yorker magazine in 2003.

A DVD version of the film was released by Koch Lorber Films on June 12, 2007.

The Bridge focuses on the large number of suicides that occur each year at the Golden Gate Bridge, capturing footage of the suicides and interviewing family members. Also interviewed are people who have attempted suicide at the bridge, witnesses of the suicides, and a jump survivor.

The movie was shot with multiple cameras pointed at a notorious suicide spot on the bridge during 2004. It captured 23 people as they took their final plunge, and then offers interviews with grieving families.

The soundtrack of The Bridge is composed by the British film composer Alex Heffes and is called The Shadow of the Bridge.

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Director: Eric Steel
Genre: Documentary
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Koch Lorber Films
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