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A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour (2008)

TV-G | | Documentary | 22 June 2008 (USA)
A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour is a feature length documentary about Gregg Gour, a 48-year-old gay man with AIDS, who, when given six months to live, takes the road trip of ... See full summary »
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A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour is a feature length documentary about Gregg Gour, a 48-year-old gay man with AIDS, who, when given six months to live, takes the road trip of his life. Gregg had been HIV positive for 24 years and during that time the side effects of the medications made him increasingly sicker than the virus itself. In the last several years he felt that his quality of life had diminished considerably, so he choose to go off his meds and no longer fight death. After giving away all of his belongings, Gregg buys an RV and travels across the United States with his dog, Cody, saying goodbye to family and friends who have to come to terms with Gregg's decision: That rather than suffer a long, painful death, he will end his own life before allowing the progressing illness to take away his independence. A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour is a loving and powerful portrait of Gregg's journey, which is at turns heartbreaking and surprisingly upbeat. ... Written by Anonymous

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Superficial and unsatisfying
6 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have been a very emotional story -- a man deciding to stop taking his AIDS medications and letting the inevitable decline happen while still a relatively young man (48, I think) with potentially many years of life ahead.

If it were fiction, I'm sure the author would have dialed up the drama and deeply explored the emotions of the man and his family and friends.

But this documentary is all glib surface. We don't know why the man is making this choice at this time -- he keeps saying he's decided "to stop fighting," but we never see nor are told what the fight entailed. Were his AIDS medications making him unable to work, unable to enjoy life, despond about the future? We never know.

His many goodbyes to family and friends across the country all mostly play out the same...it's like watching the same scene over and over.

In short, we never get to the heart of what should have been a heart-wrenching tale.


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