last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
A filmmaker trying to memorialize his murdered friend discovers that the woman who killed him was pregnant with his late friend's son.
Recommended to me on my Lend me your Heart list (which can be found here)
So it finally happened. I met my Nemesis. This film completely and utterly wrenched every emotion imaginable from me and left me gutted, sad, hopeful and amazed. And I cried and that is something I just don't do.
I guess anyone that has seen this film will agree with me that going in blind is the only way to fully appreciate the full extent of what director Kuenne has created here. Rationally, purely on a cinematic level, this film is astounding as it is. It is edited, narrated and structured perfectly. It manages to slowly suck you in and unfolds its story and eventual sentiment…
Dear Kathleen and David,
I can only imagine the pain that you must have felt. Your son was your world and he was taken away from you. Not by nature, but by fate and hate. Your souls would have been shattered. Your World must have come crashing upon you. But with pain comes God’s gift. It was like Paradise Regained. You had a chance to see your son in a different human being. A cute little new born can do miracles to a scarred soul. I know it would have felt like heaven after all the excruciating pain that you both had gone through. But then, that also was not to last. Heaven became hell in one single fateful day.…
I decided to make a movie, to travel far and wide, to interview everyone who ever knew and loved Andrew.
Films often deconstruct subjects of different natures, but this one deconstructs it's viewers on an emotional level far beyond anything I was ready to experience. I went into the film with a minimal knowledge of what exactly the documentary was about, astonishing for this day and age to say the least, so needless to say I was shocked and disturbed several times during my viewing.
Director Kurt Kuenne shows incredible restraint with this tightly paced documentary clocking in at 95 minutes. I would imagine it would have been easy to indulge in some aspects of the film considering…
I feel like I got ran over by a semi-truck. I feel physical and emotional pain.
Through points 1 & 2 - I ramble about personal pap. Point 3 is where i get to the film itself. Skip there if need be.
1/ Last year, I went camping with friends for a weekend. Whilst there, I asked them to film whatever they could, take photos, capture moments. A month or so later, I collated the material, edited it together, added some music and for Christmas 2014 I gave them all a DVD. Our weekend condensed into a 15 minute movie. On choosing a song for the final montage, I went for poignancy rather than funny and my friend, fellow LB user Sam asked why. I said because in 40 years, when one or two of us may…
People talk about films "packing an emotional punch", but never before has a movie made me actually feel physical pain from its emotional content.
Heartbreaking. Truly heartbreaking. I'm a wreck right now. I don't understand how things like this can happen to the most selfless innocent people, while people within the justice system just sit back and watch.
I have no words.
Wow, what a journey.
This film perfectly juggles the happy with the sad, going from celebrating life in such a beautiful way, to showing how cruel it can be in a matter of minutes.
Didn’t know anything about it, going in. Hence, in the beginning, I felt the director seemed a bit too biased to make a documentary… but… later on, I understood. I saw the film as a loving letter, not a so-called documentary. Oh, how much I cried. One of the most emotionally driven, and justifiably opinionated, documentaries.
Very sad and shocking story but portrayed in an amateur way.
The saddest thing I've ever seen.
There are a few technical things here that are quite frankly pretty irritating with the editing and assembly of the thing, but the story is so raw and heartfelt and compelling and nearly impossible to comprehend that those issues fall to the wayside and you're just left with this absolutely searing movie that drains you entirely. It's one of the hardest things I've watched and one of the more memorable movies you could (and probably just should) see.
Good god damn. What an emotional onslaught. But man, what a powerful film this is. Go in blind and have the tissues ready.
There are two people in this world: people who have been reduced to an emotional mess by this movie and people who haven't seen this movie.
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Tree of Life
- Andrei Rublev
- Come and See
Ordered (as best as I could).
PS: some films that I know deserve spots on this list are Schindler's List,…