Reviews

  • May 20, 2010

    How can you make a documentary about people who have their limbs removed in order to get their jollies this fucking dull and insincere. I guess it has something to do with feeding your subjects titular lines like "Does this make you feel...WHOLE now?" GTFO.

    How can you make a documentary about people who have their limbs removed in order to get their jollies this fucking dull and insincere. I guess it has something to do with feeding your subjects titular lines like "Does this make you feel...WHOLE now?" GTFO.

  • Jan 05, 2009

    Cringe inducing documentary about men obsessed with becoming amputees, some of whom take the matter into their own hands. One of those rare films in which everyone comes across as sane, intelligent, and decent, yet is still deeply troubling. You'll never feel more normal than after finishing watching this since your own minor neuroses could never compare to wanting desperately to cut off your own leg.

    Cringe inducing documentary about men obsessed with becoming amputees, some of whom take the matter into their own hands. One of those rare films in which everyone comes across as sane, intelligent, and decent, yet is still deeply troubling. You'll never feel more normal than after finishing watching this since your own minor neuroses could never compare to wanting desperately to cut off your own leg.

  • Sep 17, 2008

    Pretty interesting documentary, but not with a lot to say. I was captivated throughout, but at the conclusion i was where I started. Basically this could have been 5min long and had the same effect.

    Pretty interesting documentary, but not with a lot to say. I was captivated throughout, but at the conclusion i was where I started. Basically this could have been 5min long and had the same effect.

  • Jun 27, 2008

    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.

    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.

  • May 27, 2008

    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.

    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.