The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2010)

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Japanese novelist Shimada Masahiko based his novel Until I Am a Mummy on the true story of a man who chose a truly unusual way to end his life -- he traveled by himself to a remote corner of the woods, built a small tent from plastic sheeting, and slowly starved himself to death, allowing nature to gradually rob him of his life. No one knew of his plans until a hunter happened upon his dead body, with insects the only witness to the passing he so desired. Filmmaker Peter Liechti fuses fiction … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Peter Liechti
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On DVD: Jul 19, 2011
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The narrator's calm recitation quickly progresses from interesting to irritating to oppressive.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
New York Times
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Without additional context surrounding its subject's life, sharing the man's final excruciating moments eventually devolves into an exercise in morbidity, an experience considerably more ponderous than profound.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Village Voice
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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Variety
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Surprisingly not macabre, this fictionalized record of self-aggrandizement through self-destruction reminds one of Derek Jarman's Blue in its epistolary delivery and its displacement of meaning to that which is never really shown.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Slant Magazine

The dead come back to life, sort of.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Monsters and Critics

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Boxoffice Magazine

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