Dear Dr. Baehr,
I sensed something out of place from the moment the film started, something in my cranium itched with the presence of neo-Nazi subliminal dogma, and I’m not one for cinematographic rhetoric. However, I won’t let my personal distaste for the film interfere with my concise response to this internet based discussion forum.
“Death is better than disability”, says the film, and fairly well I might add. Although I left too early to see the end of the film and experience the tight emotional appeals each character may play on my frozen conscience, I have enough knowledge of the plot and the ending to concur with Marcie Roth. The handicap made a distinct plea for assisted suicide and received her wish. Furthermore, the film set each scene with such empathetic- thug life-just tryin to get by-incredible victory mixed with juicy streaks of violence, the kind of film that really draws on a lot of viewers- light, that the final stages of the plot were relatively justifiable. I mean, the director is really great at making an art out of euthanasia, as one critic suggested, at least for this particular scenario.
It is easy for individuals to dismiss Baehr's claim on the basis of "it's just a movie", however, I can empathize with the christians on this one, or at least Ted, because this type of media promotes the slippery slope mentality, and as Ted pointed out, media can be used for very powerfully persuasive immoral actions, such as the film "I accuse". Albeit, I can not legitimately compare the film to the Nazi films (1) since I have not seen them and (2) there is not enough Neo Nazi imagery that I can see.
As I see it, the director or screen play writer may have had a subconscious bias towards the idea that it is acceptable to let an individual die if that is their wish and further, that no life is better than a severely disabled one. So I can certainly agree with and understand some of Ted's radical disliking for the film.
Personally, I am extremely passionately apathetic towards the issue of euthanasia, but then again I have had no experience with relatives or friends, like Ted has. I support individual rights, and therefore support Mo Chuisle's decision to end her life. However, I do take issue with this type of film, since it degrades human equality, specifically among the disabled and non disabled.
Anyway, maybe the critique appalled some people, that anybody would have the brazen nerve to parallel the National Socialists’ films to Million Dollar Baby (or visa versa), and I will admit that it’s hard for me to tell whether or not the film was meant to be a million dollar euthanasia movie, but maybe the name, My darling My blood, might aid somebody in their decision.
with love