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End of Life

2017
Distributed by Grasshopper Film, 12 East 32nd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Produced by Pawel Wojtasik, John Bruce, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Ian Hassett
Directed by Pawel Wojtasik, John Bruce
DVD, color, 91 min.
College - General Adult
Aging, Death, Hospice Care


Reviewed by Sandy Costanza D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY

Not Recommended   
 
Date Entered: 11/27/2018

Each person has a unique death experience and death remains a mystery to us all. Does it hurt? Is it beautiful? Did you know we were there? Dying, like birth, is a process that we will all go through. End of Life follows the dying process for several individuals. While it clearly is meant to be inspirational and captivating it is boring and underwhelming. Long periods of ocean sounds and wind blowing through trees accompany long periods of watching individuals who are not speaking and or communicating. Portions of the audio are distorted as well. Death can be a beautiful event, one that should be treated with dignity and respect. The slow process of winding down life is poorly represented in this film.