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Reverend Death (2008)

Five years ago we began filming what has turned into the most extraordinary documentary. The Rev. George Exoo is a not very successful Unitarian minister from Beckley, West Virginia who has... See full summary »

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Jon Ronson

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Jon Ronson
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Jon Ronson ... Himself - Presenter
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Five years ago we began filming what has turned into the most extraordinary documentary. The Rev. George Exoo is a not very successful Unitarian minister from Beckley, West Virginia who has drifted into helping terminally ill people commit suicide. However as we film we begin to see a change in George. He's started helping non-terminally ill people commit suicide. And he gets very annoyed if he travels across America to discover they've changed their minds and don't want to commit suicide. And he keeps going on about how he can't wait his own death because it will be a great adventure. And he's got an amoral new assistant called Susan who claims she'll help practically anyone if the price is right. "For George it's a calling," she says. "For me it's a business." George says he has so far helped more than 100 people commit suicide. Early one morning in July 2007 - after five years filming with George, following him to private meetings with his clients and his right-to-die peer groups ...

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19 May 2008 (UK) See more »

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Weird descent into... death?
22 March 2017 | by ersbelSee all my reviews

This is a strange documentary compared with the usual shallow and judgmental documentary or the plain one sided make-it-seem-two-sided television show bordering reality TV. It is strange in many ways. The main characters are not normal. Not in the medical sense, but in the way they interact with the world and their take on life, or death. Than Ronson is getting in the story trying to get it, instead of trying to reveal it the way regular journalists do. Well, it takes a lot more time. Ronson is speaking of years of interactions with the main characters, while something like Supersize Me would take one to six months plus the promotion. Finally it is an illustration of what happens when the State takes a moral stance. Pretty much like any other prohibition based on the high moral stance of politicians, be it prostitution, alcohol or heroine.

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