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A Little Gem!!!
on 2 September 2014
Now upon seeing the cover of this film in my local supermarket I was ready to condem Painless as another crappy horror but for £7 I was willing to be disproved, and oh boy was I!
Painless tells of a group of children in the 1930s who cannot feel pain. For their own protection, and that of others they are locked away in those good old horror staples... Padded cells. However a German Dr interested in their cases comes to train them to live normal happy clappy lives however one little boy develops an impressive knowledge of anatomy...... Add civil war and Nazi German occupation into the mix and a talent for anatomy soon transfers into other more sinister hobbies! Running alongside this historical narrative is the story of a modern Dr diagnosed with cancer who is somehow linked to the fearful asylum events.
Okay so it sounds a little bit of a 'seen that got the t shirt' concept, but it really isn't. Not playing for frights and jumps, Painless focuses the almost Frankensteinesque theme of humanity and in exploring who is the real monster. It is multi layered and at times very moving. Being compared to Pans Labyrinth on the box cover, Painless is beautifully shot and superbly acted althiugh there are no fantasy like PL and personally I enjoyed Painless far more.
If you are after a 'wet your pants' ditty Painless is not for you. If you are after something with a bit more substance give it a whirl, like me you may be pleasantly surprised.