Whole (2003)

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American independent filmmaker Melody Gilbert directs and produces the documentary Whole, an actual exploration of people obsessed with losing a limb. Her subjects all share the same desire to remove one of their limbs, but in many cases it's men who wish to be rid of a leg. The topic is rightfully difficult to address, as it lacks both proper scientific terminology and scholarship by medical professionals. In the U.K., Beatriz Baz is stricken with the affliction which has caused him to purposefully contract frostbite in his left leg, while George Boyer from Florida tried to shoot one of his legs with a gun and Kevin Davidson arranged to get his leg surgically removed. Subjects Kees and Dan are known as "wannabe amputees," who have their legs but remain tormented by this unstudied behavior pattern. Gilbert gains some authoritative commentary from Dr. Michael First. Whole was screened at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival.
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NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Frozen Feet Productions

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Critic Reviews for Whole

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Full Review… | June 2, 2009
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Full Review… | May 26, 2006
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One of the most fascinating documentaries I have ever seen. Kind of changed the way I looked at mental illness in general, not just as a closed off brotherhood of a few bad eggs, but bizzare patterns that occur across history and geography, and striking seemingly at random. "Whole" is a documentary about an extremely rare mental disorder, where men and women from different countries and economic backgrounds all have a tremendous desire to amputate one or more of their limbs. Some are faking(tying an arm behind their back just to get the feel), some have done it themselves, and others are still waiting for their insurance to clear so they can try to get it done in hospitals. The idea of cutting a part of yourself off, to me seems so anti-evolutionary and mal-adaptive, but the heart/mind wants what it wants. It's just strange to watch otherwise completely normal seeming people who just feel as if there lives would be improved, saved, even vindicated, if only they were a few limbs the lesser. Fascinating film about mental disorder, and what it means to be a "whole" and complete human bieng.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

One of the most fascinating documentaries I have ever seen. Kind of changed the way I looked at mental illness in general, not just as a closed off brotherhood of a few bad eggs, but bizzare patterns that occur across history and geography, and striking seemingly at random. "Whole" is a documentary about an extremely rare mental disorder, where men and women from different countries and economic backgrounds all have a tremendous desire to amputate one or more of their limbs. Some are faking(tying an arm behind their back just to get the feel), some have done it themselves, and others are still waiting for their insurance to clear so they can try to get it done in hospitals. The idea of cutting a part of yourself off, to me seems so anti-evolutionary and mal-adaptive, but the heart/mind wants what it wants. It's just strange to watch otherwise completely normal seeming people who just feel as if there lives would be improved, saved, even vindicated, if only they were a few limbs the lesser. Fascinating film about mental disorder, and what it means to be a "whole" and complete human bieng.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

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