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.
Beautiful, infuriating, and completely heart-breaking. I'm not even ashamed to say I cried several times. It's impossible not to. It's so raw and touches so deeply that you feel like you know these people and the loss hurts you just as deeply as it did them.
Brilliant, wrenching film.
This is as emotionally hard-hitting as it gets.
It's a tragic story, for me unknown, and you're drawn in by the smart editing of the unique footage. And just as you start to 'get used' to it, the story takes an even further step into insanity, and the only thing you can feel is ultimate sadness, but more important, the utmost respect and love for Andrew's parents. They were stricken by lunacy not once but twice, and still they're able to fight. And that's what this documentary ultimately becomes: a letter about love, and that no matter what madness comes over you, love can be the life buoy for survival.
At other times I would be reluctant to writing such heavy-handed musings, but for Andrew and Zachary I happily make an exception.
This film destroyed me. That all I can say about this beautiful heartbreak story without spoiling it.
I can't rate this movie. It deserves the ratings it has but I can't bring myself to rank this one.
I can't help but think about my old friend and wonder how his children are doing since he was murdered by his crazy ex-girlfriend. After a decade of litigating, she finally got only 15 years (+1 for the weapon enhancement) for a second-degree with everyone insulting him when the articles came out, assuming he was attacking her and she had to defend herself. If by attacking, they mean he was trying to keep a psycho who was off her medication from running away with the babies because she imagined he was cheating on her and conspiring to kill her, then…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I really can't put into words how this documentary made me feel. I'm shocked, livid, disappointed, and a whole lot of other emotions. I was actually in awe as the story unfolded. I thought this would be a normal, sad documentary, but it was so much more than that. If you want to lose faith in the judicial system, this film is the one for you. I am glad to see that there have been ammendments to Canadian law since this film was released, but it should not have gone this far. Overall, this was a unique experience, but my emotions are too raw for me to even think about ever watching this again.
Few films can get my to be truly sad, this is one of them.
Dear Zachary is one of the most heartbreaking documentaries I have ever seen, I don't think I have ever been so angry at someone in a film or documentary.
It is pretty hard to make me cry, but this fantastic documentary succeeded! This was so fucking sad and well made! I don't say this likely, but this is a must-watch!
I am broken.
Faith in humanity restored.
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It has to be a reveal, something…
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