HEAL

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Jonathan Richards)

Ac­tress Kelly Noonan Gores ( Tooken) goes be­hind the cam­era to ex­plore the world of al­ter­na­tive heal­ing. Her quest takes us on a tour of prac­ti­tion­ers and pa­tients who have re­jected or ex­hausted Western medicine and found paths to heal­ing in other dis­ci­plines. Stress and emo­tional con­flict are seen as the causes of most dis­ease, and the mind as the most pow­er­ful agent of cure. As a movie it’s of­ten clumsy, trite, or lack­ing in imag­i­na­tion. There’s no crit­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of op­pos­ing view­points, and it some­times feels like a missed op­por­tu­nity, but it’s the con­tent, rather than the style, that will ap­peal to its tar­get au­di­ence. Some of the heal­ers will be more fa­mil­iar than oth­ers, some more per­sua­sive than oth­ers. Many of the suc­cess sto­ries are noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous. Skep­tics will prob­a­bly stay away, be­liev­ers will be re­in­forced, and the un­de­cided will find plenty to think about. Not rated. 106 min­utes. The Screen.

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