The Physician

The Physician

DVD - 2015
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"An ambitious and gorgeously mounted period film."--Hollywood Reporter
"For those who miss the substance and scope of films like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Man Who Would Be King," Philipp Stoelzl's "The Physician" restores one's faith in the medium - if not necessarily one's faith in faith."--Variety
In eleventh Century Persia, a young man with an unusual talent travels across the middle east to study at the hand of the world's most famous physician Ibn Sina. At the traumatic passing of his mother, the young man discovered his gift of foretelling death, and while growing up with a barber who suppressed his talent, as an adult he travels to Persia to find the doctor of doctors in the city of Isfahan, who can help him develop his special powers.
Publisher: [United States] : Anderson Digital, 2015
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Physi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (aproximately 115 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board - Not rated


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Jun 25, 2016

Caution---does not have "hard-of-hearing" captions. Very good story. I missed some dialogue but could follow story pretty well.

May 12, 2016

Epic film from a location and era not often seen these days in film. Follows the journey of Rob Cole from England to ancient Istfahan in Persia to study early awakening of medical science, when religious dogma of the Church, Islam, and Judaism did not allow autopsies of dead bodies. Fine performances by Ben Kingsley, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, and lead, Tom Payne, highlight entertaining, if lengthy story.

Apr 14, 2016

Surprisingly entertaining and engaging.

Mar 15, 2016

VERY good movie. Don't make your decision based on the previous reviewer's words.

Aug 17, 2015

Adaptation of Noah Gordon's novel which followed an Englishman's arduous journey to Persia to study medicine, facing the usual 11th century malaise of prejudice, violence, diseases ... Note: English dialogue with Spanish subtitles ONLY. Sound quality is not so good and impossible to understand at times even with 2X the normal volume and after replay

Aug 08, 2015

A very nice and well done drama. Many argue the facts of the time period about how health care was provided or how discovery happened, some are upset about the use of Arabic language over Persian language or how the mullahs get a bad wrap etc... I enjoyed it for what it is- curiosity, hope, exploration, and discovery.

Aug 01, 2015

Agree with Aladar regarding difficulty in following everything with poor sound and lack of subtitles, which would have made it tolerable.

Jul 31, 2015

Based on the book by Noah Gordon. Read the book. This 'movie' was awful & hardly conveys the epic story. Sound quality? I might as well have muted it, as I rarely understood any word spoken. Considering he wrote this many years ago I wondered why the timing of making & releasing it now. What a waste of great talent.

AladarNyc Jul 20, 2015

Bad sound quality and no Subtitles made this hard to follow. The sets and cinematography were very good however; especially many of the night scenes set against an awesome Moon and Star filled skies.

harrybrowne Apr 11, 2015

colorful and entertaining with a superb cast. Gorgeous scenery and costumes, and captivating score. Often gruesome and bloody but not distractedly so.

Best line: "We don't treat diseases, we treat the people who suffer from diseases." How different from medicine today.

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