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The Pain of Others

Directed by Penny Lane
United States, 2018


Morgellons is a mysterious disease for which medical science has no explanation. A glimpse into the online life of Morgellons sufferers makes it clear how contemporary media usage can lead to mass psychosis. And what the downside of all this ‘sharing’ can be.

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The Pain of Others Directed by Penny Lane
Not only does the footage raise questions about the veracity of the testimonies; it makes one wonder whether the speakers are broadcasting themselves just to achieve a small-scale sense of celebrity. That Lane can achieve such thematic complexity with other people’s material speaks to her talent as both an editor and a provocateur.
October 12, 2018
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Ms. Lane’s approach here is dramatically different from that of her 2016 film “Nuts!,” which used animation and comedic narration to deflate the tragicomic story of a medical charlatan from the early 20th century. The movie’s unadorned quality makes it genuinely harrowing.
July 05, 2018
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The footage is often dry—“Morgellons videos are boring,” one of the three concedes—and not cut down much, allowing you to really sink into a very particular type of contemporary vlogging genre.
June 20, 2018
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