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Of Unknown Etiology

John Fowler  |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: John Fowler
  • Writers: John Fowler
  • Producers: John Fowler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Fowler Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What if you had a disease doctors had never seen before? What if it couldn't be diagnosed or treated? What if you were starving because of it? What if you had disabling muscle pains? What if you skin burned constantly? What would you do? Would you give up or would you continue to search for answers?

In the documentary 'Of Unknown Etiology', a graduate film student struggles to find answers to his health problems while simultaneously trying to document it for his thesis project. He faces challenges not only from his deteriorating health, but also from the mounting costs and frustrations of dealing with the American healthcare system. As his isolation and physical condition worsens he begins to wonder if he's even going to survive his disease at all, and, if he does, will he still be the same person?

'Of Unknown Etiology' is a first-person documentary that intimately explores the physical pain and psychological anguish that comes with suffering from a long-term chronic disease; yet it also shows that humor, friends, and family are vital to keep pressing ahead when all hope seems lost.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth seeing June 16, 2010
I honestly sort of stumbled on this on amazon and thought I'd give it a shot since I enjoy independent films. I wasn't really expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by this little doc made by a film student while he was suffering from an unusual and difficult to diagnose disease. It's shot in a sort of rough-and-ready style primarily by the student himself, with a number of `video diary' scenes, but there are also extraordinary moments of beauty such as a montage of spring and a bitter one of winter that reflects his deteriorating condition.

`Of Unknown Etiology' certainly isn't for those who are used to Hollywood-style filmmaking with high production values and hyperactive editing, but for those who are willing to sit with John and his 90 minute journey to hell and back again it is a poignant little adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Cool December 12, 2008
This movie is filmed in a unique way and is very interesting to watch. It was really informative and creative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Documentary December 12, 2008
This movie is really interesting. It's really fascinating to see how someone who is sick and has no idea what is wrong with them still learns to function in everyday life. It definitely makes you appreciate being healthy! I definitely recommend this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating low-budget indie June 29, 2010
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This is an amazing story about survival, but it is an upsetting and melancholy story at the same time about how difficult it is to be sick in America with an unusual disease. I saw a friend of mine get sick with an illness that he couldn't get diagnosed with for a long time and this story reminded of his struggle. It's shot in a mostly first person manner and I was frequently impressed with the cinematography and it's interesting use of overlapping sound in certain scenes. All in all, this is a very worthwhile movie and while it's not for everyone, those of you who have been through a terrible illness or seen others go through it will have a strong connection to this independent film...the best 13 bucks I've spent on a DVD in a while.
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