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The film looks at two California cemeteries, one failed, one flourishing. First-time viewers often have the experience of laughing through the first half of the picture--this is an outrageous group of people who wouldn't be out of place in a Christopher Guest comedy--and then growing emotionally involved. Morris's flat, dead-on style makes the movie a mirror, so that cynics will see a fool's parade of weirdoes, while pet lovers will warmly identify with so much tenderness toward animals. (And Roger Ebert, the film's biggest champion, will see one of the 10 best movies ever made.) It's a strange experience, but likely one you'll never forget. --Robert Horton
Rather, it is about human beings, the passions we have, and how we achieve them in this life.
While on the surface, this might seem to be a film about people and their pets, it's really a study in human nature and psychology.
One has to watch this movie with an open heart, or they will never understand the feelings of the people in this documentary.
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I discovered this rare film when watching CNN's "Life Itself" about Roger Ebert's life. He labeled it as one of the ten best films of all time. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Sonya Michel
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I was not impressed. I have no idea why this film has such a following. I thought it was painfully boring and simple.Published 4 months ago by T
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