Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

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This documentary profiles poet/performance artist Bob Flanagan, who was born with cystic fibrosis. Flanagan explains, with engaging humor, how his obsession with controlled, self-inflicted pain has helped him to deal with his uncontrollable suffering. His philosophy forces one to look at sado-masochism with fresh eyes. The film includes explicit scenes of genital self-mutilation.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Cast

Kirby Dick
as interviewer
Sheree Rose
as Herself
Rita Valencia
as interviewer
Bob Flanagan
as Himself
Kathe Burkhart
as interviewer

Critic Reviews for Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

This bold, intense, and uncompromising expose of S&M takes audiences to places thay have not been before; in moments, it's tough to watch but quite rewarding at the end.

Full Review… | February 6, 2007
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Flanagan and Rose prove to be an exceptionally creative and intelligent couple who were able to turn their obsessions into art, albeit of a highly specialized kind and involving at times an overwhelmingly brutal exhibitionism.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One of the most agonizing films I have ever seen.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist

An extremely interesting artist who provides a deep glimpse into the nature of pain. He demonstrates, mostly with his body, the clear, yet often confounding, large gap between unwanted pain and consensual pain. If you've ever been intrigued, excited, or outright confused by masochism, let Bob give you a colorful education on the matter. Also worth noting is how impeccable director Kirby Dick is when it comes to picking subjects for his documentaries. This was his first international hit, and it is quite clear why it was so hailed, especially in the era before the internet where self-documented extreme masochistic acts were not a google search away or conveniently categorized on BMEzine..

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

Supermasochist is right. Hard to watch, but worth the ride. You will most definitely squirm in your seat and cover your eyes saying 'Oh, my god'.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

Insightful documentary on Bob Flanagan who fought cystic fribrosis by becoming a masochist. Not just any old masochist. No, he became a super masochist; doing to his body what few others had the desire to do, let alone the nerve. Introduced to most from NIN's "Happiness In Slavery" video, he's not just a pervert or a weirdo, but a person who has spent everyday facing his mortality and found a way to survive and to outlast an illness that should have killed him in his childhood.

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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