Director Lisa Cohen's gritty yet heartfelt documentary Serving Life takes viewers inside one of the most brutal of all U.S. prisons, the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. It's a maximum security facility conceived and designed for violent offenders, and most residents end up serving sentences in excess of 90 years - which means that 85% of them die behind bars. Intriguingly, though, a wellspring of compassion exists inside of the prison, which forms the narrative basis of Cohen's film. This is a hospice program, where jaded, seemingly unreachable criminals are assigned to care for fellow inmates on the prisoners' deathbeds. The result is often a journey of personal and spiritual transcendence that may give participants the only conceivable possibility of rehabilitation. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Great documentary! Im a big fan of the Lock Up series on MSNBC. This was much different then I expected. I wont give away the details but its a redemption documentary and will touch you emotionally in some way. I'm a big tough guy, but I teared up at certain points. I don't give very many movies 5 stars, but this one was special and deserved it.
This was beautiful but a tearjerker. Reminded me of what I already knew, that no person's life can be defined in terms of a single act. At heart, we are all the same. (Made me want to volunteer in a prison.)
Excellent documentary. Worth every minute and more. Brings a new perspective and understanding of a very special aspect of prison life, and allows the inmates to open up to their feelings and express their regrets as well as their hopes. Besides the tv series, "Beyond Scared Straight," THIS documentary should be required viewng for youngsters in trouble. It may give them some pause to a different type of harsh reality of prison life. SEE IT ... SEE IT ... SEE IT.