※ By creating this list, I have a confession to make:
I love science, in particular biology and the various branches within.
※ And so… A list to remind myself of the moments where I thought about various aspects of biology when watching certain films I’m fond of — be it definitions, concepts and principles or on a broader scale, the social implications of one or a combination of the former. That said, of course the reasons why I enjoyed (and in some cases loved) the following extend far beyond these slight biological thoughts…
« 322 »
• Misdiagnosis. Diagnostic accuracy and the potential physical and mental repercussions. (Cancer) Coding in medical records.
« 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days » & « The Decalogue »
• Abortion, to put it simply. Legality, procedures, patient safety and moral ethics.
« The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes »
• ANAT 214. Playing with cadavers and smelling like formaldehyde… My lab notebook being stained with ‘dead people juices’ as people used to tell me. That said, one of my favourite courses ever. But I digress — basically, anatomy and of course, dissection.
« The Adversary »
• Brief moments of various medical facts. My favourite is the one of the anatomy of the breast and its mention of mammary glands.
« Batch ’81 »
• Learning about embryology in zoology class. Cleavage and mitosis. Blastocyst differentiation. Like Sid Lucero, also having to take embryology…
« Black Rain »
• The acute and latent effects of radiation.
« Cardiogram »
• Just this name alone reminds me of the P, Q, R, S, T deflections seen on ECGs…
« The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky »
• Dementia and senility. Live birth.
« Cries and Whispers »
• Palliative care. Pain tolerance/threshold and pain scales…
« Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 » & « Window Water Baby Moving »
• Natural childbirth. Contrary to what is usually depicted, childbirth does not end with the expulsion of the fetus. How uncommon it is that you see the last stage, placental expulsion, on film.
« Eyes Without a Face » & « The Face of Another »
• Transplant compatibility and graft rejection. (Lack of) Immunosuppression.
« Her Name is Sabine »
• Autism, and the lack of management in the past, leading to inappropriate institutionalization.
« The House is Black »
• Social (leprosy) stigma and the issue of patient accessibility to treatment. The physical suffering that could be cured, which is still very much relevant today…
« Hunger »
• Physical effects of starvation.
« The Inner Eye »
• Visual impairment and blindness. Even in darkness, creation is still possible.
« Land of Silence and Darkness »
• Deafblindness. Sign language and other tactile modes of communication. Congenital and early visual and auditory loss.
« Laurence Anyways »
• Sex change…
« Near Death »
• Medical definition of a patient being ‘brain dead’. The notion that breathing does not necessarily mean living, which seems counterintuitive to some. Patient DNRs (Do Not Resuscitate).
« Powers of Ten »
• Magnification by powers of ten from the surface of the skin to a single cell (and beyond). An animated microscopy journey (in reference to the last moments of the film).
« Pripyat »
• The effects of Chernobyl…
« Recollections of the Yellow House »
• Anyone who has seen this is probably wondering about its inclusion. One simple reason: testicular pain from bedbugs! (Annoying little organisms, they are.)
« The Sea and Poison »
• Medical ethics!
« A Separation »
• Alzheimer’s disease…
« A Simple Life »
• Sequelae of stroke.
« The Spirit of the Beehive »
• Learning anatomy and the position of organs using models — in this case, a certain Don José.
« Talk to Her »
• Coma versus the vegetative state, resulting from physical trauma specifically.
« The Third Part of the Night »
• Typhus and the production of vaccines with lice, fed with blood from human subjects.
« Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives »
• Routine kidney dialysis.
« Waking Life »
• Neuronal connections in relation to dreams… REM sleep!
« W.R. Mysteries of the Organism »
• The female sexual response, for starters…
※ N.B. The title is in reference to Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica or On the Fabric of the Human Body, a textbook on human anatomy written in 1543.
※ Hmmm… It seems that these are the only films I can think of at the current moment due to my lacking memory. Of more consequence, this list can also be known as « Recommend Myra a(n) (Even Hardly) Science-y Film to Watch that You Like ». :)Read less