The Bridge (18)

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In 2004, 24 people leapt from the Golden Gate Bridge. This documentary commemorates them by interviewing their friends and relatives, as well as various bystanders. We even hear from one jumper who somehow survived. What's more remarkable is that Eric Steel's team had its cameras trained on the bridge throughout the year, so there's footage of several people plunging to their deaths.

It's uncomfortable viewing. You could argue that anyone who chooses to leave the world in such a public manner surrenders any right to privacy. But as the interviewees' testimonies aren't much more edifying than those which are trotted out on daytime talk shows, it's not easy to see how such morbid voyeurism can be justified.

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