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A Necessary Death (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 8 March 2008 (USA)
"Documentary Filmmaker looking for suicidal individual to follow from first preparation to final act." Cut from 142 video tapes, this project sheds light on the tragedy following the infamous Internet ad.

Director:

Daniel Stamm

Writer:

Daniel Stamm
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Cast

Credited cast:
G.J. Echternkamp ... Gilbert
Matthew Tilley Matthew Tilley ... Matt
Valerie Hurt ... Valerie
Michael Traynor ... Michael
Konima Parkinson-Jones Konima Parkinson-Jones ... Konima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shelley Isaacs Shelley Isaacs ... Grieving Mother
Thomas Moses Thomas Moses ... Cliff Bookends
Talmadge Ragan ... Ellen Radel
Pamela Salem ... Matt's Mother
Doris Jung Usui ... Suicidal Wife
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"Documentary Filmmaker looking for suicidal individual to follow from first preparation to final act." Cut from 142 video tapes, this project sheds light on the tragedy following the infamous Internet ad.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una muerte necesaria See more »

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Production Co:

Brickwall Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Color
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Quotes

[first lines]
Gilbert: All right, so apparently they erased my ad off the internet.
Michael: Well, I don't really know what the terms of use are, but it says here, flagged and removed.
Gilbert: [reading] Conduct: You agree not to post or otherwise make available content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, libelous, and harasses, debases, or is hateful towards... well, I don't think any of these things apply. Unless they're claiming it's unlawful. But I'm just gonna re-post ...
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If it doesn't disturb, is it art? This disturbs
13 March 2008 | by larry-411See all my reviews

I attended the World Premiere of "A Necessary Death" at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. This is a shocking and controversial feature from director Daniel Stamm.

To say that "A Necessary Death" defies description is an understatement. In fact, it's so unique that to say much more would spoil it. In "A Necessary Death," we follow a young filmmaker as he shoots a documentary about suicide. The kicker is that he actively solicits a subject who has already made plans to off himself and is willing to do it on camera.

For me, it's intensely personal. I lost a close friend to suicide about nine months ago and haven't really struggled with it as much as I'd expected to. I think I understand why he did what he did and the notion that someone taking their own life might be "justified" is something that is taboo in this society. This film breaks that taboo, and, in so doing, sheds some light on an issue which is so foreign to most people that they look at me with a mixture of disgust and wonder when I bring it up.

Needless to say, the film addresses issues of ethics, legality, and responsibility for the actions of others. The viewer's comfort level is tested as the film pushes the envelope of what's acceptable in cinema. The question is posed, "If it isn't disturbing, is it art?" "A Necessary Death" surely disturbs.


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