For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.

The Pain of Others

Directed by Penny Lane
United States, 2018
Documentary

Synopsis

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.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
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
Read full article
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
Read full article
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
Read full article

Related films