The Bridge | Chicago Reader

The Bridge

According to this documentary, 24 people jumped to their death from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. Eric Steel contrived to film as many of them as possible, and the schedule for the Chicago International Film Festival stated that he “captured 23 successful suicides and one survivor.” He also interviews many suffering friends and relatives. This is a new form of obscenity that might be called suicide porn. It's not just the voyeuristic surveillance that's obscene, but the use of suicide footage as counterpoint to other stories as they're told. Steel shows no special insight into the subject, though even that couldn't justify such hideousness. 93 min.

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