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Sick - The Life And Death Of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist

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  Sick - The Life And Death Of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
6.75 /10
Bob Flanagan, ,

Directed by: Kirby Dick
Written by:

Released: 1997
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 90

Documentary about a man who fought the agony of cystic fibrosis by subjecting his body to masochistic practices, mostly too horrible to describe, and profoundly unpleasant to watch.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Sick is an interesting, well-crafted documentary which is exceedingly hard to sit through, let alone recommend. I have more than a few qualms about the movie. Did the making of it encourage Bob Flanagan to increasingly wild forms of exhibitionism? Might not his example corrupt others with the same medical condition? Isnít the film pitched at voyeurs?

On balance, though, it is a serious documentary which gives an insight into a man remarkable for his candour and self-knowledge, and itís genuinely educational in the way it enhances oneís understanding of cystic fibrosis and sado-masochism. It is anything but propaganda in favour of S and M: anyone brave enough to put themselves through the ordeal of watching it may be fascinated, but will almost certainly be repelled.

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