A Will For The Woods
A Will For The Woods (2014)

Musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, the spirited Clark and his partner Jane… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2015
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Wesley Morris

The movie feels entirely promotional, provoking separate, unanswered questions about green medicine too.

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice

While the film also captures many private, sometimes heartbreaking scenes, it takes a lot of time to make its simple point.

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Nell Minow

Just as Dr. Wang approached his own death with purpose and honor, the filmmakers have done the same in telling his story and making it ours as well.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

It's possible to admire the four directors' unflinching depiction of the dying process, but the film is mostly unilluminating and grim - not least because almost all of the deaths discussed are untimely.

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Jamie S. Rich

n the film's sobering final act, we get to see the man's beliefs put to practice...fulfill[ing] his wishes--including using this film to share his philosophy with the world.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

But A Will for the Woods is more contemplative than preachy. This spirit might, ironically, limit its audience more than if it had drawn a harder and angrier line. But that generosity makes for a finer film.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Less an introduction to the green-burial movement than a portrait of one man who embraced it after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, A Will for the Woods is more sentimental than journalistic.

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Dan Schindel

The unknowables and intangibles around death are what make it so scary, and Clark's journey demonstrates how fear can dissipate if one takes control of what's going to happen to them.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An enlightening look at the Green Burial Movement and its ecological and spiritual dimensions.

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