The Bridge

The regret is real.

“I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable — except for having just jumped,” said one of the few to survive a suicidal plunge from the Golden Gate Bridge.

This doc, which dances between being horrifying and respectful, is not an easy watch.

But hope survives, and is celebrated.

Several jumps are prevented on camera, and one man, now paralyzed, recounts a miraculous story.

A black seal swimming in the choppy waters unexpectedly came to his aid, a sign of grace from God in the eyes of the man.

The Virgin Suicides

A horror film in slow motion.

There are no boogeymen with sharp knives, no jump scares, but this film, Sofia Coppola’s debut as a director, scars in ways Freddy and Jason never could.

It’s the tale of five sisters who slip away one after another, their self-inflicted deaths leaving behind a mystery which will haunt the young boys from their ’70s neighborhood the rest of their life.

Was it isolation, a deep internal sadness, possible mental illness – there are no concrete answers, just the raw ache of lives ruined, on both sides of the grave.

A cinematic gut-punch that endures.