Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story

Director Robert Bralver, David Ferino
United States / 84 min. / 2010 / English, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, French

A documentary about loss. The Morphine bassist seeks to bury the pain caused by the premature death of two of his brothers, when death creeps up and surprises him on stage. His life and tragedy are explained here in a manner as painful as his music. 


A documentary about loss – and how it is regurgitated in the form of high art – with an unhappy ending, unfortunately. Mark Sandman, bassist and frontman of Morphine, looking to bury the pain inside him. His was fierce and incurable agony: two of his brothers died prematurely when he was young. Following the implacable logic of the blues, this emotional debacle would one day become the future sound of Morphine: spacious, spiritual, full of sensitivity, beat, and poetry, damaged and biting like a film noir. With equal elegance, Cure for Pain draws the strange and terrible story of Mark Sandman and his group, from the tragic beginning, through the theoretical origins of its sound and modus operandi (golden rule: one member had to be able to transport all the equipment without help), to the band’s semi-success and the final Greek tragedy. Death surprises him on stage during a small Italian festival. The saga is told here in a manner as painful as his music, with the accompanying voices of family members, friends and counterparts from other bands, from Primus and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, to Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Ben Harper. 


Showing format

Best Music Film - Canadian Music Week, Sound Unseen, Planete Doc

in festivals
Full Frame, IFFBoston, UNICEF Blue Week, Sound Unseen, Out Loud!, DocuWest, Canadian Music Week, CineDays, Titanic Film Festival, DORF Vinkovci, NorthWest Film Forum, TallGrass Film Festival, IDFA, Santa Barbara Film Festival, Sound Unseen, Planete Doc

Mark Sandman, Ben Harper, Josh Homme & Dana Colley

Robert Bralver

Robert Bralver , David Ferino

Jeff Broadway

Film company
Gatling Pictures

Film distributor
The Gersh Agency

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