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About the Movie
We humans love our lists. To-do lists, resolution lists, "bucket lists" - unequivocal directives all. As the old saying goes, Moses didn't come down from the mountain with The Ten Suggestions. So when documentarian Alan Zweig discovered Ray Robertson's non-fiction book Why Not? Fifteen Reasons To Live, (and came to know Ray Robertson), he was intrigued by the concept of organizing the panoply of life itself into a list. Said 15 reasons are: Love, solitude, critical mind, art, individuality, home, work, humour, friendship, intoxication, praise, meaning, body, duty and death. To savour them all would presumably be to truly live. Thus was born 15 Reasons To Live, the most ambitious work to date by Zweig, with his first use of a crew, a wide location schedule (stretching a thousand miles from North Carolina to Montreal), and a first-time use of animation mixed with live documentary.
Compelling, touching, relevant ...
It will strike some as corny while others, like myself, will be deeply touched. An utterly marvellous movie that leaves you wondering whether you’ve not been present for the wonderful things in your own life. Congratulations to all. Splendid production.
A touching movie that will enchant thoughtful types. Told as fifteen short stories with almost as many narrators, the film provides some lovely and poignant examples of the 15 Reasons to Live. Some stories were stronger than others but the overall effect was powerful and I was moved to write my own list.
A Wonderfully Quirky Canadian Film
I’m not quite sure if this is a true documentary or a narrative work of motion picture poetry. Whatever it is - it’s refreshing, brilliant and insightful.