The Afflicted (Reloaded)
Studio: sherwinliu
Review Count: 34
Average Rating: 4.91 stars
Genre: Sci-Fi
Length: 15 minutes 58 seconds
Posted on: June 4, 2006
Film Description

This scifi-drama explores a future world in which strong emotions have been genetically eradicated, and humans have become efficient information processors.

- Lizard as Terbing
- Sailorknightwing as Palia
- Music by sherwinliu

This is not a typical science fiction you would see on TMO, as this movie takes its genre merely as a device to explore the counterfactual.

The movie follows the scholar Terbing as he introduces us to his research, and interviews one of the subjects of his studies, Palia. Palia is afflicted by a disease: human emotion.

Loosely based on an original unfinished short story by Kate Lee

The poem excerpt read by Terbing to Treen in the library scene is from ???She Walks in Beauty" by George Gordon, Lord Byron. The background music for that part is Chopin???s waltz opus 34.

This is the same movie that was uploaded in February 2006, only with some title backdrop changes. That movie was accidentally removed.


EFAQ (Expected Frequently Asked Questions)
In case you care???.

by Kate Lee

???My mistake": Why do these people talk funny? The language of 1st century PD.

In 1st century PD, people do not say, ???I am sorry." They say, ???My mistake." This is a statement of a fact, rather than a feeling. Language changes with time. Of course the dialogues in this movie was written in English of 21st century AD. But consider them as translations. PostGenMod people in 1st century PD have their own way of talking. Most important for us is the fact that they lack emotional expressions. Hundreds years after emotion has been ???bleached" through genetic engineering, these people lost emotional language because they were no longer in use. Learning these obsolete and archaic emotional terms and expressions were one of Palia???s tasks as a participant of Terbing???s project. The way she talks to Terbing shows she is an extremely assiduous and bright student of ???emotion talk." Now, I could have let these people say, ???I am sorry," and let that be a frozen expression that they use to mean ???my mistake," not knowing its emotional origin. But then, I would not have an excuse to talk about the language change, which was one of the main motives of my original written story.

What kind of cosmic disaster was there?

I have to admit I do not have enough knowledge in astrophysics to give a plausible answer, but I imagine some sort of massive electromagnetic storm hitting our part of the galaxy. This corrupted most of the information stored in electronic devices such as computer (complicating the task of historians such as Terbing), and cuased malfuntions to sophisticated machineries. (So we don???t have to see any annoying androids in this movie. :) ) There were also grand scale storms and climate changes accompanying the electromagnetic storm.

What is ERD (Emotional Regulatory Dysfunction)?

It is a genetic dysfunction that causes some individuals to show symptoms similar to emotion. There is quite a wide range of profiles in this dysfunction. Only some patients are categorized as the ???preGenMod type" that resembles today???s human emotion. Others may show much more serious and severe conditions. The preGenMod type ERD tends to have relatively late onset that is around mid-teenage years. The symptoms are mild and rare at the onset and gradually aggravates over one- or two-year period until they settle as a permanent condition.

ERD in the postGenMod world.

In 51 PD, we are not living in an extremely conformist society. Strange as it may sound, no emotion does not translate to no humanity. The state advises, but does not force, ERD patients to take a chemical therapy or neurointervention (a much more advanced form of today???s brain surgery) as long as they do not cause troubles to others. For those who are judged to possess a certain amount of ability to reason on their own, the choice is theirs. Some ERD patients choose to undergo treatments while others decide to live with the symptoms. Mental Research Center Unit 4, where Terbing???s has his research base, hosts the latter group of patients to study them and/or train them to function adequately in the society.

ERD patients get disadvantages in their career and are expected to be closely monitored by the authority throughout their lives. That is why some patients hide their affliction as long as they can handle the pressure.

Palia???s erratic behavior.

A young girl at age of 18 or so, who is desperately in love with someone she knows would not return her affection, may well show some erratic behaviors at one point or another. This is even more likely for a girl who grew up in postGenMod world, where people are not accustomed to the frustration of unreturned love and the impact of romantic feelings in general. Palia did not know how to handle the situation, due to her lack of exposure to this kind of circumstances that today???s people are quite familiar with through direct or indirect experiences.


Thanks to all who have spent 16 minutes with this movie, we are grateful for your encouraging words and support!

To our non-english reviewers, feel free to leave your reviews in your native language! We can read german, spanish, and we can decipher other latin languages.



Much has been said about some similarities to "Equilibrium". We do see why. The similarity should not be a surprise since improvements of human condition and conflicts that might be generated in such attempts should be part of the fundamental human concern that is not incomparable to love, death, betrayal, and vengeance. We certainly hope people would not say the writer ???took the idea" from Romeo and Juliet whenever they hear a story of unaccomplished love.
When we work on stories directly inspired by any existing work, which is completely acceptable, you surely will know. We would never fail to let you know.
- jazzx

An interesting film with some good acting - difficult for the more emotionless characters, as that can lead to a monotonous boredom for the audience. Fortunately, Palia was a breath of fresh air for the viewer as well as in the story.

The premise, of course, falls completely on its backside! A world where emotion has been largely eradicated would have none of the natural drives - either lust or love - that lead to conceptions and births. It would be dead within a couple of generations. So, one must assume that IVF is the most common form of conception in an Aldous Huxley kind of way in this world; the state determines how many people it needs and genetically alters the foetuses to suit the tasks required of them in adult life. But even that is an emotional drive by those in charge - the will to survive, or care about the survival of one's own species. So that wouldn't add up either.

Quite a moving ending though as he comes to realise that he's lost something very special. If any government did try this genetic program out, it would be a matter of a couple of weeks before everyone could see it would never work. Many people would not be able to deal with their losses and would see it for the bs that it is.

Another plot hole was Palia's reason for being at The Center. We're told she's there to be taught how to hide her emotions just like she managed before. So what's the point?! I wasn't quite sure of the historian's role. He seemed more like a shrink. If his role is to study emotional people, then throwing them out when they exhibit excessive emotional behaviour is hardly logical, reasonable or scientific. Isn't that what he's supposed to be studying?!

Still - this dystopian drama was an interesting watch all the same with good editing and pacing.

Posted on November 28, 2008
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Why do always have to happen something bad to people or they lose it before they notice how important thing they lost are or before they notice their mistakes? That´s one of the saddest attributs of mankind.
Now to the film. Your directing is as always flawless, with great cam angles and your personal style. The music is wonderfull, loved it! Lizard and Sailor did an awsome job on the Vo both of them, I wouldn´t have noticed that both of them spoke 2 characters. And the story is just great all the thought you must have put in in, you created a whole new world, just to show a small part of it. I love the idea behind all that with losing feelings... I think it´s a great world you created and maybe we see aometimes another movie in that world? =) The story itself about that guy was interessting and original, even if I knew what would happen after about the half.

The Afflicted is such an inspiering film, with wonderfull Vo´s and a wonderfull own world. Deffinatly a must-see and now one of my favurite films on TMO! =)

Posted on October 2, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

When I first read the description I thought this would be a rip-off equilibrium. but it was so much more, the story was very gripping. the voiceacting was also spot on. and the editing was exellent.

Posted on March 4, 2007
- jacpaco30

No comment

Posted on February 27, 2007
- userjosh9874

This must be one of the greatest films I've ever seen on TMO. The music was great. The story was astounding. I loved the feel of the atmosphere in this movie! I was glued to the screen! The VO's were so clear. Very powerful ending.

Posted on February 11, 2007
- Wulf_Jarlson

Wow. This movie kept me glued to the screen. Great story. Sci-Fi Doesn't have to mean space ships and laser guns. It mean future concepts realized to me. This is classic Story Telling.The Unforeseen cosequences of Sacrifice for the common good.

Posted on January 30, 2007
- Aoimtxvzlmser

A diverting movie. A parable to the phasing and synchronisation of human beings which progresses in our fast moving modern world. Individual feelings and beings are getting more irrelevant in a globalised society. It's funny, because I am actually working on a movie resembling to that theme. I really appreciated this movie. It was deep and well-written. No disproportionate special effects. Brilliant Voice over. You deserved everyone of the five stars.

Posted on October 26, 2006
- micha83

Wonderful movie!
5 stars!!!

mfg micha83

Screw is on :)

Posted on October 14, 2006
- Alutt

This is a fantastic film ! Brilliant dialogues, voice over acting, script, editing and story. The atmosphere is so nostalgic. Great job on music too. An amazing work and talent here. Studio bookmarked. Bravo à vous deux !

Posted on October 3, 2006

That was filled with, emotion. I really enjoyed it, it's asking a deep profound question, and giving the answer at the same time. The plot was very well constructed, and the script was good. I barely saw any flaws, technically nor, story-wise. Everything seemed well crafted. The dialogue was good, as well as the voice actors. The characters were interesting, especially how one had emotions and the others didn't. A great execution for a great movie idea, definitely downloading material.

Posted on September 24, 2006
- Meosha12

I enjoyed it
ps check out stay alive the last stand

Posted on September 3, 2006
- OlliEntertainment

Excellent movie..
Very emotional...
Great! Great! Great!

Film on!!!

Posted on July 30, 2006
- chrisstiff1

I loved your movie, very captivating and beautiful. I hope this movie gets first on the contest and on eight eye baby. Rate my movie King Gorilla

Posted on July 24, 2006
- kwistufa

Superb Story! Editing & scenes were just amazing...
Great movie. Top notch VO's... Wow.
This was really very good. Got me drawn in from the beginning and never released me till the closing credits.
A masterful job done here..Very Very Impressive!!

Posted on July 21, 2006
- Alottlabull


(You took my words away)

Posted on July 15, 2006

In short, a Masterpiece.

Absolutely Engaging, VO's were nailed and carry the films interesting story along. The Pacing of this film is like a slow and elegant burn of a candle. A joy to watch!!

Posted on July 13, 2006
- doshey


Structure 20/20 points

Creativity 20/20 points

Editing 15/20 points

Enjoyment 40/40 points

95/100 points
good job and you have gotten the Devil Film Pick

Posted on July 9, 2006
- green_eye_studios

Script: 5

Nothing else to say but "WOW!". The idea behind this story is really great and the way it is developed and realised here is just captivating. I didn't really realise it was 15 minutes long.
The dialouges were really good, too, giving the viewer a real idea what such world would be like. Really great! Nothing else to say.

Production: 5

I really liked the intro. Very well done giving a perfect introduction of what to expect in the movie. And I liked the way you dropped into the story then by making the movie intro direct subject to the start of the story. Really good one.
The subtitles were perfectly synched to the VOs almost every time and I really liked that. Must have been a tough job to achieve this. Set usage and stuff was also very good, building up a really nice athmosphere. Only thing to mention is that sometimes I had the feeling, that I see someone talking, but there were no VOs. But that was not often and was the only thing disturbing me a little. What I really liked was the dream sequence at the end. Well done!

Music and Sound: 4

Great VOs, though there were some breathing noises in some of them. And I think Palias voice was kind of too girlish. But anyway: The VOs were good to understand and sounded really great.
Music was nearly perfect in here. Nice themes really adding to the athmosphere of the movie. And you managed to use music where necessary and leave it out where it would have been disturbing. Really good job here, too!

Overall: 5

I really liked thisone. Great story idea and great realisation of it. One of the best movies I have seen on TMO if not the best.
As in many other movies I was a little sceptic at the beginning cause of the length. But you managed to make time fly with thisone. Really great job! This is most likels my first recommendation for the "United Independet Reviewers" when we start this.

Result: 4,75 rounded up to 5 stars

Posted on July 9, 2006
- gmangps

Sweet, it made me think, super awesomely amazingly interesting, i payed attention to every word, i want to read a book like that, and i love my emotions, lol very good 5 stars

Posted on July 8, 2006
- Vesobe

What in the name of all that's unholy have I just seen?

That was, not to put too fine a point on it, astounding. Truly moving. Truly brilliant. Flawless and precious and... well. Thank you for making it, and for putting it back up so that us newcomers could see it again.

Oh, and the line "I love to desire" was just heart breaking.

The music was perfect: atmospheric and leading without ever insinuating itself consciously.

The acting was just sublime. AS indeed ere the characters and their portrayal.

And the symbolism? Well, there my vocabulary fails me utterly.

Beautiful, beautiful film. Thank you.

Posted on July 8, 2006
- Jar-head

Coool !!

Posted on July 6, 2006
- RobMoeBroFroPro50

not bad good plot

Posted on July 6, 2006
- melicendre

Congratulations for this amazing movie!This is a intelligent analysis about the feelings and emotions and of their importance in our life. i have liked the serious and "simple" tone of the movie and also bravo for the "voices".

Posted on July 5, 2006
- ChuckRich

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Beautifully written and well put together. This is one of the best movies on TMO to be sure. You could tell there was a truly talented writer behind it.

Posted on July 4, 2006
- cathreese

This is perhaps the truest art I have ever seen on TMO. Astounding.

Posted on July 3, 2006
- AxeCinema

please forgive me, i did not see this earlier, it is a filthy dirty i didn't see it. everything about it was simply.... pure... and, perfect...

Posted on June 23, 2006
- PerfectLibra

That was simply ... marvelous. Awe inspiring stuff. The first TMO movie to bring to tears. It is gut wrenching and beautiful. The emotion conveyed is just ... staggering. Your grasp of plot, pacing, characterization, setting, and dialogue is flawless.

This is the kind of movie I aspire to create - rich with deep emotion and meaning. Simple yet defined that leaves a jarring feeling when its over - though this is a story that does not end. It lives in us all and this movie shows that conflict.

I really don't know what else to say other than - thank you - for posting your movie. I think I am better for it.

Posted on June 20, 2006
- xalbur

ive never seen such a GREAT,AWSOME,DRAMTIC movie

Posted on June 18, 2006
- 911truth

Super ultra high quality movie!!! the subject matter and the perspective of the main character are a breathe of fresh air! It's too bad the rankings only go up to 5 stars, this deserves so much more than that. VO's excellent, character developement superb, and the plot sucked me in immediately. At first i was thinking "oh god, 15 minutes, can i sit thru this??" well lemme tell you in all honesty, this movie deserves to be an episode of "the outer limits" or "the twilight zone"!!

It's a shame in over a week it has only had 5 reviews (6 now) but at least they are all 5 star ratings. People must see the length and run away from it, because it only takes one minute for it to make you yearn for each next scene. GEAT MOVIE!!!

Please review my latest flop, The FAT Kid ,

Posted on June 16, 2006
- JosephKw

I came across another awards nomination thread on the forums, and caused me to reminisce on the classic TMO films which I enjoyed. So I decided clicked on my bookmarked film "the Afficted" and discovered it was offlined! I'm glad it's reloaded. The engrossing story, involving dialogue, and splendid soundtrack never tires, no matter how many times I have viewed it. Thanks again for sharing this masterpiece.

Posted on June 15, 2006
- chipmunkman

i loved every minute of this movie

Posted on June 8, 2006
- KirinRiotCrash

NOTE: This is just a copy-n-paste of my old review since the actual film, itself, hasn't changed, only with a different title card.


There are so many things in this film that excel very well that I don't know where to start so here it goes:

I love the mood that you have established in this film, The backstory about the ERD patient, and the music that enhances the atmosphere in this flick. These, among many characteristics, make this film feel riveting and captivating. I liked the use of backdrops in the beginning of the movie as it gives me a bit more documentary information about what I should expect in the movie. That's a plus there.

The cut-scenes between the dialogue is a great enhancement and I enjoyed how you used them. It works very well and shows more of the picture of what's happening to the ERD patient.

I felt a sense of tension as the movie reached near the end of the film. The echoey VOs in the end really does the thing and that works like a charm. It gives me a sense that the man has a strong feeling in regards to his work but must endure it again each day.

Lots of things work very well in this film and for that, I give it a 5! It was a very promising film and it lived up to its promise. Awesome work!

Posted on June 5, 2006
- Dulci

There's a reason why this one has had so much acclaim. This is one of the most gifted studios on TMO - and that fact SHINES in this film.

Posted on June 4, 2006
- KoniDabas

Well I can't any find world realy good.
I hope you vill creat more films like this


Posted on June 4, 2006