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 for taking their life, he chooses a British expatriate (Matt Tilley) who is slowly dying of an inoperable brain tumor and wants to end it all before pain makes his life unbearable. It's important to Gilbert that his subject actually kills himself, believing that it would call the integrity of the film into question if they changed their mind. But as filming goes on, everyone involved becomes aware of the way the creative process is impacting the man's road towards death. A Necessary Death received its world premiere at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for A Necessary Death

All Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2012

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

Full Review… | June 12, 2012

'A Necessary Death' treats the topic of sucide in a disturbing yet creative way. This is a shocking, emotionally powerful film.

Full Review… | June 10, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | June 2, 2012
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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2012
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Audience Reviews for A Necessary Death

Astounding documentary about a documentary showing the last few days of a man diagnosed with a lethal butterfly tumour and cancer who's decided to take his own life.

Julie Moore
Julie Moore

If the subject matter wasn't so depressing this would be a 5-star film. This is tough because part of what makes this movie so amazing and heart-wrenching is the topic, but I think the talent in the room is what makes this a brilliant film!

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

A Necessary Death is an emotional tragedy that serves a purpose as a conversation starter. Watching A Necessary Death is like staring into the eyes of death itself- it's as powerful as they come.

Colson Verheul
Colson Verheul

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