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A Necessary Death (2008)

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A young director's first feature becomes a literal matter of life and death in this independent drama. Gilbert (Gilbert John Echternkamp) is a film student who has come up with a novel idea for his final thesis project -- he wants to find someone who has decided to kill themselves, and follow them through the final days of their life until they commit suicide. Gilbert posts a message on the internet looking for a suitable subject, and after interviewing a handful of people with their own reasons

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Documentary, Drama

May 28, 2012

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These are daring, challenging themes for a young filmmaker and Stamm proves to be adept at playing with ideas that scare away writer/directors with twice as much experience.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

A Necessary Death presents a wholly original, fascinating and curiously terrifying documentary that's likely to either captivate or revolt audiences.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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'A Necessary Death' treats the topic of sucide in a disturbing yet creative way. This is a shocking, emotionally powerful film.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

An experimental faux documentary on the unpleasant subject matter of suicide.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A Necessary Death takes a hot button issue - suicide - and expands it to reveal the fuzzy line between art and morality.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

A Necessary Death will make you squirm and think in equal measure. For my money, that makes it a picture worth paying attention to.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

a gripping tale that raises troubling questions about the nature of art and our voyeuristic society.

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A Necessary Death, despite its provocations, remains timid and dramatized, ultimately favoring plot machinations to considering the issue of suicide more deeply.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

As much as it doesn't seem like you're watching an intricate plot unfold, there's actually so much going on -- all of it layered; structured brilliantly.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Stamm is able to diminish our misgivings over its authenticity by mastering the "documentary of a documentary" style and satisfying the gravity of the drama through situations that have more truth to them than a lot of staged situations in non-fiction.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A thoroughly engrossing little film that's also quite slyly entertaining, despite its rather unsavory subject matter.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: FEARnet
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