A rejection of the external being solely the aesthetic in which horror is defined, The House is Black is an acute documentary about sorrow and humanity, one in which the lives of those on a leprosy colony are examined with an empathetic lens. Observation and evocation are intertwined, as Forough Farrokhzad's lyrical film takes on an existential quality, one in which humanism is detailed through agency and dignity, as individuals who suffer deeply, share their emotional experience through this artistic medium. A poignant, emotional exhausting experience which evokes much empathy, The House is Black is confrontational yet calm, never shying away from exhibiting the destructive effect this disease has on human flesh - the external horrors of this disease - but also presenting its subjects with a platform to share their struggle, showcasing the underlying beauty of these characters despite their pain. With the subjects of this film being dealt an unfair hand in life, their sorrow, and anguish are transparent and poignant yet ultimately familiar, as House is Black illuminates our shared sense of humanism and the uncertainly and frailty of life itself when reflected against the cold, emotionless injustices which the universe provides.
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