Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

8.5| 1h35m| NR| en| More Info
Released: 31 October 2008 Released
Producted By: MSNBC Films
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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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GamerTab That was an excellent one.
Griff Lees Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.
Janae Milner Easily the biggest piece of Right wing non sense propaganda I ever saw.
Kamila Bell This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.
donapaquita I find the documentary was well written, the images, stick footage and interviews allowed the audience to feel the pain and anger the families all suffered. It's sad ending is painful.
jwsx-52230 The movie, Dear Zachary A Letter to a Son About his Father is a heart wrenching documentary about murder. The emotions shown are real and will play in your mind forever. They retell the story as if you knew him personally. The director and narrator a friend of Andrew Bagby, Andrew's father, tells the story perfectly. This movie will emotionally tear your heart in two, this movie will make you feel loss and introduces a cause worth fighting for. The seething anger that this movie shows and the resourcefulness of the parents is awe inspiring. The love shown through Bagby's friends to his parents letting his parents know that they still have kids even though Andrew is gone. The parents even recollect how they thought about committing suicide. The movie has many elements however it uses a lot of jump cuts to show how everyone who was a part of Andrew Bagby's life was affected. The movie opens with people naming characteristics of Mr. Babgy with words such as he was kind, intelligent, funny. The parents are shown and are crying the dad is seething that his son was murdered. The director interviews friends from med school, high school, and even family. The way this movie flows is exquisite. The music in the background sets the tone and since the narrator is the director and Bagby's friend he already establishes his ethos.The movie was about Andrew Bagby who was in a relationship with Shirley Turner. As their relationship grows distant Turner murders Bagby. The raw footage and reactions are almost unbearable to watch. The movie is uncomfortable to watch and makes you question how criminals are dealt with. The parents are the heroes of this story fighting for change always being proactive. Shirley Turner could get out of jail two times on bail for murder. The system allowed her to kill not only Bagby with no repercussion but the kid that Turner had with Andrew Bagby. The system in Newfoundland Canada must be changed and Andrew Bagby's parents are fighting for this to happen. The call to arms in the movie moved me in a way I didn't think was possible in a documentary. The movie uses footage not only of interviews but of the real-life situation what was playing out while the director was filming it. The firsthand account of Zachary's death even surprised the viewer. Every person, every situation seems so tangible. We even get to see how Bagby grew up because of the director making movies with his friends as a kid.In conclusion, this movie was a roller coaster of emotions that I cannot recommend enough. The director being so close to Bagby as a friend made the film from just a tribute to a masterpiece. Dear Zachary A Letter to a Son About his Father was meant for Bagby's son so he could know about his dad but was taken to soon. Is there any justice in the system to find out more follow Katie and David Bagby's story and fight to remove bail from murderers.
chipbridges While the storyline was fascinating, the slick MTV-style editing and constant cuts were difficult to watch. This started out as a tribute to Kurt Kuenne's fallen friend slain by a crazy lover, but ended as a jumbled mess. The look into Canada's justice system was disturbing and riveting, and the parents of the victim were amazing people that you simply had to root for. The story was excellent, and the filmmaker had much of the young man's life already on film. It was the execution of it that I had a problem with. There are stretches throughout the film where no clip is even a second long. One person's sentence is spliced into another's and so on, at such a pace that it's almost nauseating. Kurt himself also spoke with the speed of an auctioneer, which I found very distracting. It's a shame, because this documentary had the potential to be great.
Maz Murdoch (asda-man) I've seen a lot of depressing films and consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of the sub-genre. I love tragic films like Dancer in the Dark, Amour, Martyrs etc. all of which have reduced me to teary eyes which is something I never normally do. Dear Zachary is without a doubt the most heart-wrenchingly devastating film I have ever seen. Nothing I've seen has come close to the sheer power of this film.I went in almost totally blind and would urge everyone else to do the same. Dear Zachary left me utterly stunned and I'm sure if I didn't watch it with my family then I would've broken down into sobs. Tears clouded my vision, my heart thumped like a train, chills covered my spine and my lip quivered. This might sound like a regular occurrence for the more sensitive amongst you who weep at Marley and Me and Beaches, but no film has ever affected me so physically like Dear Zachary has.It's impossible to rate and review this film because to do so would take away its importance. Dear Zachary is beyond a rating, it's absolutely crucial viewing for everyone to see how the law can absolutely wreck people's lives. The film is made by one Zachary's father's closest friends so it's made with a raging passion which grabs you right from the start. There are images and sounds within which will haunt you forever.No fictional film could ever come up with a story as shocking as this.