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More touching than you'd expect
on 6 December 2002
I was drawn to this movie mainly by curiosity: I expected it to rely solely on the shock factor and expected to be completely grossed-out by the scenes I had heard about.
Bob Flanagan was an artist who suffered from cystic fibrosis (CP). Sufferers from this condition usually don't live past their late teens, but Bob survived until the age of 43. In this movie the viewer sees how he copes with his illness, but not from a medical point of view: Bob has become an adept of SM in order to take control of his body and for once master his sufferings.
While the movie is undeniably gross, it does contain a deeper meaning which is more evident than anyone would possibly expect. It is also a fun documentary since Bob had a great sense of humour.
Ultimately you watch Bob's death in his hospital bed and it is hard not to be legitimately saddened with the departure of a person whose creativity and sense of humour were daring and ground-breaking.