Its 6:19 pm
When I first came across Omeleto last year and reviewed my first short film “”lost & found“,I knew it wouldn’t be long before I would be looking at another one. “I’m Sorry To Tell You” is one of the most moving films I have seen in a long time and it raises a few issues that have always stayed with me.
I always wondered how Lori’s oncology doctor,Dr. Johnston, prepared herself before telling us her cancer was advanced. I remember she told us in Lori’s hospital room at the UM Cancer Center. Lori’s brother and his wife had just made the trip down from up north and they basically walked into that news. I had known for three days when I asked another doctor on her team to be straight with me.
But the question remained with me,how do doctors prepare to tell their patients that they are going to die,that all options have been used and there is nothing more they can do.
In the short film “I’m Sorry To Tell You”writer-director Ben Price takes a look at how one oncologist gets ready and that is,he isn’t. Dr. Burgess is sitting in his office and trying to figure out how best to share this tragic news. What makes this so interesting and moving is Dr. Burgess (Ian Puleston-Davies) is a veteran doctor and has practiced medicine for decades,you can almost see every patient he has lost on his face. One would think that after delivering this kind of news countless of times,he would have it down somewhat but as we watch Dr. Burgess struggle with his own inner voice,he is also still a working doctor as he does a consult with a another doctor and takes a call from home.
Burgess is deeply moved and saddened,much more then he should be and here lies Price’s emotional writing. Burgess is not just talking to his patient but also himself and its a powerful twist in this 6:46 minute gem.
I wonder how many doctors and nurses that Price must have talked to in writing his film,it must have been a lot because Puleston-Davies is perfectly cast as Burgess,his eyes are haunted and tired yet sthere is still a lot of fight still in him.
“I’m Sorry To Tell You” is a movie that will have you thinking for a long time and if you have walked in a patient’s shoes,it gives you a whole new respect to the doctors (and angels like Karen,Melanie and Terri) who are more touched and affected then you might suspect.
Please feel free to drop a comment after you watch the film and tell us what you thought. It’s only 6:46 long so its a quick view……