It’s a breakthrough film from writer-director Jordan Horowitz, a sensitive, spare story told mostly in elegant, simple strokes.
Outsiders make for great cinema, and the festival looks to celebrate emerging talents with such films as…Jordan Horowitz’s “Painless,” which centers on a man (Joey Klein) who is desperate to find a cure for a condition that renders him incapable of feeling physical pain...
As Shani, Evalena Marie gives an engaging performance that you can’t take your eyes off her. The camera has to be drawn to Shani’s presence, much like Henry. One to watch, Marie has such dynamic charisma in her stellar scenes.
Directed by Jordan Horowitz, Painless will cause its audience to ask questions from its opening.
This is a surprisingly entertaining and interesting little gem.
Cheek to Geek
Painless is an impeccable film with a lot of feeling… It was a captivating movie.
Horowitz keeps the story grounded in a familiar reality which is one of the things which makes Painless so much fun to watch. The minutia is so well developed that it’s clear Horowitz has been developing this story for some time and it’s this attention to detail which sets Painless apart.
Phoenix New Times
This might just win the logline of the year: "If you don't feel pain, how do you know you're alive?" A scientist (Joey Klein) is incapable of feeling physical pain. That might sound great at first, but he also doesn't have the instinct to avoid dangerous things. Out of nowhere, a mysterious man offers to reverse his condition. But Jordan Horowitz's moody film poses an uncanny question: Is painlessness a handicap to be cured, or a power to be enjoyed?
The Movie Gourmet
In writer-director Jordan Horowitz’ first narrative feature, Painless, he brings us a wholly original premise – a man who cannot experience physical pain. And here’s another twist – freedom from pain is a BAD thing. Pain does serve an important purpose by alerting us to our own injury and illness. The protagonist, Henry (Joey Klein) is obsessed with finding a solution to his condition.