The Bridge

Directed by Eric Steel

Release Year: 2005
Running Time: 94
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English w/SDH subtitles
Genres: Documentary
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Directed by Eric Steel

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure; a symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom - and something more, something spiritual, something words cannot describe.

Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year focusing on the Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented nearly two dozen suicides and a great many unrealized attempts. In addition, the director captured nearly 100 hours of incredibly frank, deeply personal, often heart-wrenching interviews with the families and friends of the departed, as well as with several of the attempters themselves.

The Bridge is a visual and visceral journey into one of life's gravest taboos, offering glimpses into the darkest, and possibly most impenetrable corners of the human mind.

Educational Reviews

"The Bridge presents a stunning if tragic look at individuals driven to the furthest extremes of despair and internal suffering. Interviews with family and friends of the jumpers reveal recurring patterns of untreated (or unsuccessfully treated) mental illness, yet it is difficult to predict which people seen on the bridge are actually preparing to take the leap - in several cases, the action occurs so abruptly that the sudden event comes as a gut-punch shock. The footage is harrowing and many viewers will find themselves increasingly agitated as the film progresses (there is, however, one non-fatality - a bipolar young man who, miraculously, survived the fall). Alex Heffes' haunting score beautifully frames this disturbing but thought-provoking film. Highly recommended.★★★½" Video Librarian

Critical Acclaim

"BRAVE AND UNFLINCHING, unshakably haunting and deeply mysterious" - Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times