Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
NR | 31 October 2008 (USA)
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In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.

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Colibel

Terrible acting, screenplay and direction.

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Forumrxes

Yo, there's no way for me to review this film without saying, take your *insert ethnicity + "ass" here* to see this film,like now. You have to see it in order to know what you're really messing with.

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Zlatica

One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.

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Bob

This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.

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Jessie

I was on YouTube watching a video called "10 documentaries you have to watch on Netflix" (or something like that) and this was one of them. The summary he gave of the film was basically 'guy makes film to Zachary about his dads murder', and at first I thought that it would be an OK movie. I thought that it would be simple and sweet. And it definitely wasn't what I thought it would be. Bad things about this film •Its a bit to fast •Some people would say the editing wasn't the best •This film will make you angry (which could be a good thing to some people) •You will cry (which, could also be a good sign to some people)Good things about this film •It brings to light some problems you might not have known were even problems •You will fell like you were apart of there family and were there as it happens •You would never guess the endingThis is on Netflix and I think its a great movie, if I were you I would stop reading the reviews and go watch this movie right now.

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KieranMalan

Please, I beg of you - this is the epitome of great documentary making, you must watch this!Over the duration of this documentary, I was hit by an array of emotions: Fear, sorrow, anger, disgust. This was an emotional roller-coaster. I will not give too much away and keep this short and sweet. Be prepared it will trouble you to the bone, but the human emotion, the rawness of this film will make it an 'experience' you will not forget. Fantastic piece of film and highly recommended!I love the experience of a great documentary, and I must admit, this was better than I expected, simply because it will stay with me or the rest of my life. Kudos to the film makers, you captured the essence of this piece flawlessly!

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quinimdb

"Dear Zachary" rises above any documentary. It transcends all of them, and calling it a documentary almost seems to be an insult. And please don't read this review or any other review before watching it. Go in as blind as possible."Dear Zachary" is a film that Kurt Kuenne began making in 2001 after he received the news that one of his best friends, Andrew Bagby, had been murdered. Since it was made by one of the victim's best friends, it gives it a much more personal standpoint than the distant point of view of the normal documentary. He began it to learn about the things he'd never known about his friend, and to make "one last film with him", as a sort of tribute. And just like that, he set out to meet everyone that had ever cared for Andrew. However, as many events began to occur over the course of the film, it began to be about so much more, and of course when Andrew's murderer and ex- girlfriend, Shirley Turner, was announced pregnant, Kurt knew he would be making "A Letter to a Son About His Father".The way the film is structured and edited makes it very emotional and somewhat intense. Many relating interviews are inter-cut and sometimes the audio will be overlapping to show the universal experience people had with this man, and who he really was. It also makes the pace of the film overall very fast, but some interviews are so heart-rending that they seem to go on for very long. Oh, and that's another thing: this film is SAD. REALLY, REALLY SAD. This film will play your emotions like a flute. You will be angry, depressed, happy, melancholy, and then sad again. But it's also incredibly beautiful and inspiring in a way no film that I've seen has ever been before.The film shows the infuriating injustices in the court system and the government. And one big problem, among others, is how impersonal it is. The lawyer simply recites the most obscure laws to try and defend their client, with no real empathy for the victims. And since the judge doesn't seem to care much either, she simply allows this. Both of those positions possess a lot of power, but neither of them seem to realize what is on the line. They don't think about the lives behind the people in the court, and this leads to a serious abuse of their power. It makes me think too. When I see that a murder happened in the news, I simply say "that's awful" and move on with my day. I never thought about the families of the victims, or the people that he/she affected. This film is so much more than a tribute. And I'm not talking about the bits of political commentary in it. That's not what this film originally set out to do, and in the end of the day it's only really a side effect of what it really does. It not only made me think about others' lives more, and the people that care about them, but about me, and my own life. It made me think about the people I care about, and the people that care about me. It made me realize how many people each person affects, and how precious life really is, and how abruptly it can end. It's a morbid thought, but the people you love most could be gone tomorrow suddenly.I don't think a film will ever truly be able to tell the full story of a man's life, and who he was, and who he cared about and who cared about him, and why. But this is about as close as any film will ever get to doing that.

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ryanphelantv

I knew nothing of this story, and purely watched based on the positive reviews. From the opening minutes, you become immersed in a world of sadness, pain, beauty and hope all at once. If you only ever watch one documentary in your life, make it this one.Knowing as little as possible about the story is advantageous, as the narrative takes you in many different directions. You heart aches for so many of the people involved, and the courage in moving forward in their lives serves as a great inspiration to us all.Please watch this film. In a business where churning out meaningless scripts all with the view to making a fast buck are filling our theaters, it's so important to celebrate the light and dark of humanity through wonderful filmmaking like this.

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