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All The Rage (saved by sarno)

All The Rage (saved by sarno)
Suki Hawley, David Beilinson and Michael Galinsky
94 min., 2016, USA

Director Michael Galinsky’s father read Dr. John Sarno’s book “Healing Back Pain” in the 1980’s and was miraculously cured of the chronic whiplash he suffered for years.  The book, which connects pain with emotions rather than structural causes, put Sarno at blunt odds with the medical system.  When Michael was immobilized by excruciating back pain, he experienced the power of Dr. Sarno’s message and began a 12-year odyssey to make this personal narrative that weaves together his story of healing with the story of Dr. Sarno and his work.  Though dismissed by peers, Sarno’s work changed the lives of millions, including luminaries like Howard Stern and Larry David.  Dr. Sarno radically predicted that the medical system’s disregard for the true cause of chronic pain — repressed emotions — would lead to an epidemic. Unfortunately, he was right. Pain is the great health care cost in America by far. This artful and personal film braids Galinsky’s universal story of pain and emotion together with the story of Dr. Sarno’s work, connecting the audience to both the issues and the emotions at play.