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Review: A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour

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You hear phrases like 'fact is stranger than fiction' all the time. People constantly share heartfelt and truly miraculous real life stories; then they get in their Aerostar vans and drive over to the cineplex to watch Twilight for the umpteenth time. Meanwhile, if you're a documentary filmmaker and your name isn't Michael Moore, you've got a better chance of becoming the Vice President than seeing any substantial commercial success from a film that captures the same raw emotions and intensity as the true-to-life tales we often tell each other.

Most of the time, it's a slight shame that this is the case. Sometimes, it's totally understandable. After all, a lot of people go to see films as a means of escape, so they don't want to be burdened by the truth and reality that surrounds them already, even if the documentary is a comedy. Every once in a while, though, it is an absolute travesty that documents don't get more print than their fictionalized counterparts.

For A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour, this is certainly the case. One screening of this film and you will probably be infuriated, enraged, that you haven't heard of it before. It is mesmerizing, heartbreaking, resonating, powerful. It is so many things that describing it here will never do the film justice. It won't fill you back up with the ounces of tears streaming down your face, and this review will never stand next to you at work while you tell that girl in marketing about the transcendent film you caught the night before. I guess you could print this review out and post it in the break room. That might help (and would be awful nice of you). But what you ultimately need to do is see A Finished Life for yourself.