The Agonal Phase

2010 | 00:44:00 | United States | English | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Autobiography, Blu-ray, Death and Dying, Documentary, Family

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In the aftermath of a death things may seem very quiet, but there are struggles going on so deep not even those who struggle can recognize them.  This film looks and listens for signs of those struggles.  Psychoanalytic interjections consider the nature of time and rumination, and are used to step outside of the terribly interiorized state of mourning.

-- Jennifer Montgomery

"The agonal phase: the visible events that take place when life is in the act of extricating itself from protoplasm too compromised to sustain it any longer.  They are like some violent outbursts of protest arising deep in the primitive unconscious raging against the too-hasty departure of the spirit; no matter its preparation by even months of antecedent illness, the body often is reluctant to agree to the divorce."

-- Sherwin Nuland, How we Die

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Premiere

New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde
New York, NY
2010

Exhibitions + Festivals

Union Docs, Brooklyn

Flaherty NY, Anthology Film Archives