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…
Film #30 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #11 : A film that makes you cry!
Amateur Director Kurt Kuenne originally had no intentions of creating a documentary for public viewing! This started out as an act of love towards his best friend Andrew Bagby and his baby son Zachary and was only to be shared amongst family and friends! But when the justice system became an unwitting accomplice to a murder his plans for the film changed drastically!
While I highly recommend this film I would be failing you if I didn't reveal how devastating a film this was for me to watch! When I wasn't seething with anger I was crying a river!
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 feel like I got ran over by a semi-truck. I feel physical and emotional pain.
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…
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father didn't just make me cry. Oh no, definitely not just that. I felt like I was thrown under a 50 mile line of semi-trucks and tractors, only to be thrown off a bridge after that entire ordeal. The rage, the saddening horror, the aching humanity, the relentless grief, the haunting remembrance; this massively potent film is as truthful and passionate as anything that I've ever seen. I am hardly an expert on documentaries, but I've never dealt with one better than this.
And it isn't just the terrifying and chill-inducing story that makes Dear Zachary worth watching. The narration, the sublime editing, and the genuine earnestness of the entire production blew me away. I was left trembling, shaking, and weirdly, wanting more. It is an immaculate achievement in both storytelling and emotional resonance, and it is without a doubt, the most physically demanding film that I have ever experienced.
A heart wrenching tale of loss.
This story is crazy. It's even more insane that it was documented by a friend in the midst of the drama. Unfortunately, I wish it was documented by someone on the outside. The direction in this film is extremely jarring. It feels like a E true Hollywood story from the 90's and its over cut. I wish the director would have let the story speak for its self rather than over stylizing this picture.
But, the story speaks for itself and god is it unbelievable tale. Not to say I enjoyed it but I rather got sucked in by the people and the scale. Then when the credits roll you feel like you know these people and you feel their pain.
I was so angry when I first watched this because it had been so highly recommended. It's extremely amateurish and completely lacking any semblance of objectivity. First of all we are told about how wonderful the man whose died was. We are told all of this by close friends and relatives before we are given any explanation of why this person should be the focus of our attention. Then later we are told that he had a girlfriend who everyone, it seems, knew was odd from the start. We are told that she's evil and that she murdered the central figure we were told about before.
The real controversy comes later when it turns out that she's pregnant. The family,…
This movie made me want to be a much much better person.
Shirley Turner is one of cinema's evilest characters. There can be no discussion of this, it is true. What a powerful film.
A little disappointed that a film that does so much to humanize the victims does so little to humanize the villain.
But I completely understand that. This isn't a film that even WANTS to attempt something that difficult. It's not that kind of film at all.
But several, several times throughout, I wish I was watching the film that was.
There will not be a moment for the rest of my life that I will not think of this film and the incredible patience, love and grace these people have gone through.
There are no words.
This is about as close to a perfect documentary I think you'll ever see.
Separated from the story for a second, it's a very well shot and very well edited film that paces very nicely between years and years of a life along with splicing in great use of b-roll. And I feel that the lack of professional grade equipment adds to the overall effect of the movie because it doesn't make the film feel like a studio found a story to cover. No it's a friend, using what he has to honor his late and robbed friend and he does so amazingly.
But this film is great because of the stunningly tragic subject matter. I believe that only someone…
Just as incredibly wrenching on a second viewing. A truly amazing story told with a deeply personal and intimate point of view that is quite rare in the movies. Think you're too cool and/or tough to cry? This movie will call that bluff.
Someone please tell me why I watched this a third time.
It's goddamn masochistic seeing this any more than once.
But, the reason it hurts more and more is because now I feel like a part of the Bagby family. And a film did that.
I put the question out there on twitter and got a great response. If someone had never seen a movie…
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