Reviews Films

Demystifying doctors: Stormy Weather: Afterlife

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1114
  1. Khalid M Ali, specialist registrar in elderly care
  1. North Staffordshire University Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent

    Two new films probe the doctor-patient relationship

    Cinema has rarely tackled the sensitive subject of doctor-patient relationships. While the ethical and behavioural issues about how doctors relate to patients and vice versa have long seemed appropriate stuff for television drama and soap, they do not seem to lend themselves to blockbuster action. However, two films shown at the 47th London Film Festival last week, Stormy Weather and Afterlife, both sought to examine the fragile interdependence between doctors and patients that is at the heart of medicine.

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    Stormy Weather shows both doctor and patient as vulnerable


    In Stormy Weather, Icelandic director Solveig Anspach explores the close relationship …

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