A particularly harrowing variation on what is already an extremely harsh genre—pseudo-snuff—German indie effort Suicide (AKA FinalCut.com) follows two film-makers as they record a series of suicides with the intention of selling the footage to the highest bidder. Having advertised online for willing participants in their project, the couple travel from location to location, capturing the final moments of the mentally ill, the lonely, and the hopeless.
The film opens as the first victim climbs a flight of stairs whilst discussing the pros and cons of various methods of suicide; he has decided that hurling oneself from a tall, derelict building is the most reliable way to end his life. However, when it comes to throwing himself into the void, the man has second thoughts and runs away, but winds up falling to his death anyway after he stumbles through a hole in the floor. The irony of his demise softens the blow somewhat, and a couple of the deaths that follow also raise an uncomfortable smile (one cannot help but giggle nervously at times), but the inevitable, cumulative effect of watching a succession of people top themselves is depression.
Shot with realism in mind, Suicide is extremely downbeat viewing: it's really uncomfortable to witness a pair of teenage girls wash down pills with vodka, a student inject an overdose of heroin at the base of his junk, a sad old geezer suffer a heart attack after not taking his medication, a woman gassing herself in her car, a goth slash his wrists, and a guy inject himself with air (which proves what the first chap says—it's a bloody painful way to go!). In fact, it comes as a bit of a relief when, towards end of the film, there is a slight shift in mood: the film-makers themselves become involved in the taking of lives, adding an element of plot, and a silly twist ending acts as a valve to release some of the pressure.
Well acted, well made and thought provoking, but perhaps a tad too repetitive to be totally engrossing, Suicide is definitely not an easy film to watch, and something I would only recommend to hardened viewers of challenging horror. I guess a 7/10 out of 10 would be a fair rating: it's good, but not something I'll be revisiting any time soon.
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