A Necessary Death
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"An experimental faux documentary on the unpleasant subject matter of suicide."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a gripping tale that raises troubling questions about the nature of art and our voyeuristic society."
‑ David Thomas, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Erik Childress, eFilmCritic.com
"A Necessary Death presents a wholly original, fascinating and curiously terrifying documentary that's likely to either captivate or revolt audiences."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"A Necessary Death takes a hot button issue - suicide - and expands it to reveal the fuzzy line between art and morality."
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"A Necessary Death, despite its provocations, remains timid and dramatized, ultimately favoring plot machinations to considering the issue of suicide more deeply."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A thoroughly engrossing little film that's also quite slyly entertaining, despite its rather unsavory subject matter."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"'A Necessary Death' treats the topic of sucide in a disturbing yet creative way. This is a shocking, emotionally powerful film."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A Necessary Death will make you squirm and think in equal measure. For my money, that makes it a picture worth paying attention to."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"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."
‑ Erik Davis, Cinematical
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