Monday, November 13, 2006

The Bridge

Over the weekend I took my teenage daughter to see the movie, "The Bridge", a documentary about suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge.

I found the movie to be both haunting and powerful. It makes your heart skip a beat when you see people climb over that railing, the only thing separating them from a plunge into the cold water far below. But even more chilling is the interviews with the relatives and friends of the jumpers.

While I sat there incredulous at what level of despair and pain these tortured souls must have been at to end their lives, my daughter and I both agreed that what was even more shocking was the families' and friends' acceptance of what was about to happen to these people. It was as if they too were at the end of their ropes; that they felt powerless to do anything and that it was something that was simply going to happen, just as surely as the sun was going to rise the next day. I guess it's something that most folks wouldn't undedrstand unless they were in that situation themselves.

"The Bridge" was both fascinating and disturbing at the same time, and while it was difficult to watch, it opened up a new line of communication between my daughter and I. For that reason alone, it was worth it.

The Bridge - Trailer

13 Comments:

At November 13, 2006 9:39 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Lines of communication with a teenage daughter? Priceless.

 
At November 13, 2006 11:48 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Two of my uncles killed themselves, not by jumpiing off a bridge but one with a gun and the other with drugs. These weren't kids when they did this to themselves, they were middle aged men. I have no idea how they came to the decision they did.
They were both very well off professionals with families.

I think it is especially important for teenagers these days to be open and at ease discussing something like this. You did good, dad!

 
At November 14, 2006 7:55 AM, Blogger Human said...

Good Daddy.

Peace.

 
At November 14, 2006 12:10 PM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

cool, thanks for posting this

 
At November 14, 2006 2:37 PM, Blogger azgoddess said...

wow - thanks!

and i agree, anything that brings you and your kids together can't be all bad...

 
At November 14, 2006 2:40 PM, Blogger sumo said...

Thanks for having the video...I had seen something rather quickly on the TV recently but it went by so fast I really didn't catch what it was about. Now I'll look for it. I know someone that I may take to see it.

 
At November 14, 2006 4:52 PM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Now that is what you call family values people!

 
At November 14, 2006 8:17 PM, Blogger Snave said...

Good job, Dad. I have two daughters who are in their late teens, and both are a bit on the emotionally fragile side. When this is out on DVD, I will find it and watch it with my kids.

 
At November 14, 2006 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you, PT! I will see this movie... I loved the haunting trailer and the splash at the end gave me chills...it actually frightened me.

What a beautiful thing that you and your daughter can see this film together.

Peace.

 
At November 15, 2006 5:30 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Thanks, everyone. When she first asked me to go and see it, I was a bit hesitant. But I figured as long as I saw it with her and we discussed it afterward, it had the potential to be a good thing. Turned out I was right.

 
At November 15, 2006 7:36 AM, Blogger dada said...

Okay, now it's your turn to pick the next movie to see together. Let's see, "Fast Food Nation" is coming out this week.

 
At November 15, 2006 5:20 PM, Blogger Kvatch said...

I saw it about about a week ago. Excellent film.

 
At November 15, 2006 7:06 PM, Blogger John Good said...

We all have our internal demons; we all have certain lines that we cannot accept crossing. Looks like a good film. . .

 

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