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The NY Times says: "Enthralling, astonishing...agonizingly human." - Read full review
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"…a lovely film, the best documentary for a long time"
"Deeply touching, resonant and ….very funny"
"a gorgeous and utterly moving portrait"
"one triumph that you should not miss"
"This is one extraordinary documentary, approaching hugely emotive subject
matter with nimble delicacy and, it has to be said, steely reserve when it comes
to filming a brain operation performed under only local anaesthetic. A
life-affirming, unforgettable portrait of a true humanitarian, it's crying out
for a proper cinema release"
"No scene in any film showing at The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival is
tenser than the one two thirds of the way through The English Surgeon. ….It is
the pivotal moment in a documentary which has its world premiere at the festival
on Tuesday and is by turns funny, frightening and deeply moving".
"This masterly and poetic film…"
London Film Festival
"….any of these three characters are worthy of a film of their own, but the fact
they appear in the same one seems incredible. Geoffrey Smith's exceptional
documentary has everything you might demand of any film in the Festival: tense
drama, heartbreaking pathos, scenes not for the squeamish, some awful moral
dilemmas, pertinent political points to make, even a fair amount of humour and a
score composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis".
"Tense, heartbreaking and humorous, this is an extraordinary documentary"
Belfast Film Festival
"The English Surgeon is one of those great delights - an exquisitely made film
with a passionately invested subject finding universal appeal on the festival
circuit. With a score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and photography better than
your average matinee movie, this film is made of sublime stuff. It is both
deeply moving and amazingly uplifting as it provides the audience with a deep
understanding of the physical shape of thought and emotion"
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