A Certain Kind of Death (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sociology  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Directors Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh managed to find just the right tone for this expertly crafted documentary. Their matter of fact approach to the material allowed them to include moments of poignancy and humor without overdoing the pathos or irony; consequently, the film is affecting without seeming either heavy handed or smug. They were also wise to avoid frenetic camerawork in favor of carefully composed images and the judicious use of cutaways; they manage to make even the image of a water fountain help establish the proper mood. While the subject matter ensures that there are some unsettling moments in this film, it is not overtly gruesome or morbid. Indeed, this movie could be considered a paean to the professionalism of those who work in this unusual field. Even if you are not particularly interested in this topic, you may still want to consider seeing this fascinating motion picture, which won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.