Into the Abyss
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About Into the Abyss

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill—and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Acclaim

"REMARKABLE"
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"STUNNING"
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
"FOUR STARS (Highest Rating)"
Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times
"EXTREMELY MOVING"
David Denby, The New Yorker

Awards

Official Selection
Telluride Film Festival 2011
Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival 2011
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Into the Abyss
US | 2011 | U | 106 min
Nov 11, 2011

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