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Belajar dari “Patch Adams”

Berdasarkan kisah nyata, film ini bercerita tentang Hunter “Patch” Adams, seorang mahasiswa kedokteran yang berusaha mencerahkan dunia kedokteran yang “dingin”. Dokter-dokter yang kaku dan acuh tak acuh menggelitik Patch. Kebanyakan dokter hanya peduli dengan penyakit pasien. Menurut Patch, paham ini harus ditinggalkan. Arti sehat bukan hanya semata-mata bebas dari penyakit, melainkan juga kepenuhan atau kesejahteraan secara fisik, mental, dan sosial (WHO dalam Pyke, 1968). Seharusnya dokter tidak hanya merawat penyakit, tetapi juga pasiennya. Apabila dokter memperhatikan aspek psikologis pasien, semangat hidup pasien akan timbul dan pasien akan lebih memperhatikan kesehatannya. Hal inilah yang mendorong Patch menggunakan metode “humor – humanisme”. Ia berusaha membuat pasiennya senang dan nyaman.

Dalam bukunya, House Calls, Adams mengatakan bahwa tujuan pertama yang harus dicapai setiap kali ada pasien yang datang adalah menjalin persahabatan. Pertemuan pertama bisa berlangsung antara 3 – 4 jam. “We might go for a walk. If you like to fish, maybe we will go fishing. If you like to run, we run together, and I’ll interview you while we are running. By the end of that time, I hope we have a trust, a friendship starting to develop, and from there we can proceed.” Mitch Roman, rekan Patch yang menentang pendekatan Patch, merasa frustrasi. Walaupun pengetahuan dan keahliannya menyembuhkan penyakit tidak diragukan, ia tidak dapat membuat pasiennya makan.

Saya ingat dengan adegan ketika Patch, untuk pertama kalinya, ke rumah sakit yang dikelola kampusnya. Saat itu Patch dan temannya menyusup di antara mahasiswa kedokteran yang sedang melakukan kunjungan. Di depan mereka, seorang perempuan, yang kakinya hampir busuk akibat diabetes, sedang terbaring. Mahasiswa-mahasiswa kedokteran itu sibuk bertanya tentang penyakitnya kepada dokter senior. Perempuan tersebut tampak bingung, seolah bertanya “Apakah yang kalian pedulikan hanya penyakitku?” Berbeda dengan yang lainnya, Patch malah menanyakan namanya. Setelah itu, pasien tersebut tersenyum, seperti mengucap terima kasih, “akhirnya ada orang yang benar-benar peduli pada saya”. Secara pribadi, adegan ini paling menyentuh saya. Hal kecil, seperti menanyakan nama, ternyata dapat membuat pasien merasa senang. Pasien tidak selalu hanya butuh janji apakah ia akan sehat. Sebuah perhatian dapat membuat harinya lebih cerah.

Kritik kedua Patch terhadap dunia kedokteran adalah anggapan bahwa kematian adalah musuh yang harus dikalahkan. Kalah dan menang dokter ditentukan dari keberhasilannya menyembuhkan penyakit. Sedangkan Patch menganggap kematian sebagai hal yang tidak perlu ditakuti karena kematian merupakan proses alami dalam kehidupan. Manusia pada akhirnya akan mati. “Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor.” (“Patch Adams”, 1998). Apabila dokter memfokuskan dirinya untuk merawat pasien, tidak akan ada kekalahan.

Kematian merupakan proses yang menakutkan. Pasien-pasien, terutama dalam kasus penyakit terminal, seringkali stres karenanya. Kadangkala pasien ini butuh membicarakan kematian dengan seseorang. Dalam film ini, ada seorang pasien bernama Bill Davis yang perangainya sangat buruk. Ia sering mengusir dokter dan perawat yang berkunjung ke kamarnya. Pada awalnya, Patch juga ditolaknya. Akan tetapi, ketika Patch mengajak Bill untuk membicarakan kematian, Bill merespon dengan cukup baik. Sejak saat itu, Bill mau menjalani perawatan dengan baik. Ini merupakan adegan kedua yang paling berkesan untuk saya. Patch berani mengambil resiko membicarakan topik yang dianggap paling tabu untuk dibicarakan dengan seorang pasien. Ternyata itulah yang dibutukan oleh pasien.

Dalam film ini, Patch juga mengritik biaya rumah sakit yang terlalu mahal. Rumah sakit telah melupakan aspek kemanusiaan dan lebih mementingkan uang. Seorang ibu, yang anaknya baru meninggal, tidak boleh menengok anaknya sebelum menandatangani formulir. Keadaan seperti ini membuat masyarakat ragu untuk datang ke rumah sakit. Melihat keadaan ini, Patch mendirikan Gesundheit dimana pasien yang datang tidak perlu memusingkan soal biaya.

“All of life is a coming home” (“Patch Adams”, 1998). Semua orang mencari rumah dalam perjalanan hidupnya. Tempat yang terbaik adalah rumah. Mengambil filosofi ini, Gesundheit dikondisikan seperti rumah. Orang-orang di dalamnya seperti keluarga. Masing-masing orang di sana, termasuk pasien, diwajibkan untuk saling merawat satu sama lain, seperti memasak, mengganti perban, ataupun mendengarkan keluh kesah. Semua orang saling membantu untuk meredakan “badai” dalam hati mereka.

Secara keseluruhan, film ini ingin mengajak pelaku dunia pelayanan kesehatan untuk kembali kepada akarnya, yaitu untuk membantu orang. Akan tetapi film ini masih menyisakan pertanyaan dalam realitanya. Dalam dunia pelayanan kesehatan Indonesia, seringkali terdengar keluhan pelayanan rumah sakit yang kurang bermutu dan tidak profesional, atau kurang empati dalam melakukan program pelayanan kesehatan terutama di rumah sakit. Semoga saja pemerintah dan pelaku pelayanan kesehatan Indonesia mempunyai semangat seperti Patch yang senantiasa setia membantu orang lain dengan senyum dan harapan.

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Yang Bikin Hati Ser Ser….

Mas Nico

Mas Nico

Oh Mas Nico! Aku padamu!

*goes sepeda sekuat tenaga ngejar Mas Nico*

Public Enemies


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Director
: Michael Mann
Casts: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, James Russo, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard

Synopsis

The difficult 1930s is a time of robbers who knock over banks and other rich targets with alarming frequency. Of them, none is more notorious than John Dillinger, whose gang plies its trade with cunning efficiency against big businesses while leaving ordinary citizens alone. As Dillinger becomes a folk hero, FBI head J. Edger Hoover is determined to stop his ilk by assigning ace agent Melvin Purvis to hunt down Dillinger. As Purvis struggles with the manhunt’s realities, Dillinger himself faces an ominous future with the loss of friends, dwindling options and a changing world of organized crime with no room for him.
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Johnny Depp scored again! His acting skill is unquestionable. He is the master of turning a dark character into a charming one. He’s successful in portraying John Dillinger as witty, smart, confident, the beloved outlaw or public enemy, just like Robin Hood on the streets (out of the woods). I love the scene when public welcomed Dillinger just like their ‘hero’ and the officer was willing to be photographed hugging with Dillinger, but it stroke me when Dillinger entered the “Dillinger case” police office, checked the pictures and anything there, and even asked the police officers about the scores of a match aired in radio. He knew how to position himself to deceive others, trickery master. Maybe this is subjective, but I find Dillinger tremendously sexy on that particular scene. I always fall in love with bad boys: doing what is prohibited as if it is natural and right to do that.

However, I feel like this movie is relying too much on Dillinger although he is the main character. This movie is one-man-show! Although there’s agent Purvis placed as the antagonist character (Dillinger’s enemy), Purvis’ character is less explored and ends up just like ‘decoration’. Dillinger and Purvis are both smart and confident in themselves but there’s a major difference between both of them: Purvis is not ready to see death. Dillinger pointed this fact behind the bars when they met for the first time. I was expecting, at least this matter to be explored more but I only got a note at the end of the movie, that Purvis committed suicide one year after the death of Dillinger (I might be wrong about the time, correct me if I’m wrong). Also, this movie’s title is Public Enemies, not just Public Enemy, and yet I sense there’s only one, just Dillinger. Dillinger’s friends are just Dillinger’s friends. I don’t know anything about them. Again, they’re only ‘decorations’ in this movie.

Note: I am aware that people are pretty annoyed by the miss on historical facts, but I decide to treat this movie as fiction. After all they don’t write the “inspired by true story” stuff on the movie poster.

Conclusion:
9 of 10 for Johnny Depp’s acting skill
6.5 of 10 for the overall movie

Here’s Public Enemies’ trailer for you

Boston (Not So) Legal

Boston Legal, a bunch of outrageous lawyers on the screen, coupled with witty jokes. The episodes are usually closed with Alan Shore (cast: James Spader) and Denny Crane (cast: William Shatner) talking while drinking scotch in the balcony. Very smart conversation, I must say. “Simple pleasure”, just a friend, scotch in the balcony.

One of my favorite character is Alan Shore. He’s the most eccentric lawyer I’ve ever seen. He looks calm, cool, collected (3C) then he can say something outrageous or be emotional with the 3C appearance as well. He never gets trapped into emotion though the land may sink and this makes him easy to snap into solution even it is outrageous and seems to break the law or convention. He’s very straightforward and sometimes it may come as rude. I think he defines abnormality dressed as normal guy.

Humanly (so non devilish) speaking, Can I have him as my personal assistance or as whatever in my house? He can do all the talking for me, a great partner at discussing or disputing things, or save my ass. Functional, efficient, and effective around the house, a genius way to secure yourself without sacrificing the adrenaline rush. Genius!

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My Blueberry Nights (2007)

Director: Wong Kar Wai
Casts: Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman

Synopsis
Elizabeth’s heart is broken. For solace, she drops in late at night a few times at Jeremy’s diner for blueberry pie a la mode; they talk. Once, he watchers her sleep, her head on the counter. Abruptly, she leaves New York City to get away from her pain. She works a couple of jobs in Memphis. There, a heart-broken cop is drinking himself into oblivion, his ex occasionally showing up where he drinks and Lizzy works. Then, she’s in Nevada, working at a casino where she uses her savings (she wants a car) to stake Leslie, a busted gambler, in a high rollers’ game. After, Beth drives Leslie to Vegas where Leslie’s estranged father lives. Broken relationships. What about Jeremy?
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This Wong Kar Wai’s English-language feature film debut is portraying human relationship in a sweet way. Everything almost took place in a cafe or a bar: encountering new people, talking about life, connection, etc. I like how the scene is shot outside the cafe, through the window, the pace-up scene, it is just right. Poetic. Yup, that’s what I sense from this movie. Poetic, sweet, but taste just right without overly dramatic. That’s what I like. Kinda remind me of Chungking Express, the “scent” is similar but it is not redundant. Only the downfall is, Norah Jones cannot act well, sorry dear. Your jazzy tunes capture the scene in Jeremy’s coffee shop in a sweet way, but yeah, stay on the OST track not on the screen. By the way, Rachel Weisz is the rock on gorgeous lady, magnificent acting skill.

This is one of the most heart-throbbing quote in this movie,

Elizabeth: “How do you say goodbye to someone you can’t imagine living without? I didn’t say goodbye. I didn’t say anything. I just walked away.”

You can watch the trailer to taste a bit of the Blueberry 🙂

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading (2008)
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Casts: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins

Synopsis (imdb.com)
Osbourne Cox, a Balkan expert, is fired at the CIA, so he begins a memoir. His wife wants a divorce and expects her lover, Harry, a philandering State Department marshal, to leave his wife. A diskette of Osbourne’s musings falls out of a gym bag at a Georgetown fitness center. Two employees there try to turn it into cash: Linda, who wants money for elective surgery, and Chad, an amiable goof. They try to sell the disc back to Osbourne, who has a short fuse, then they visit the Russian embassy. To sweeten the pot, they decide they need more of Osbourne’s secrets. Meanwhile, Linda’s boss likes her, and Harry’s wife leaves for a book tour. All roads lead to Osbourne’s house.

A must-see movie. 5 stars! Love love love John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton! This movie is for you if you like satire dark comedy. I can’t stop laughing. Brilliant storyline too!

Intelligence is relative, confirmed! You think you are smart in analyzing everything, not knowingly that you are damned moron. How a silly excuse (that you don’t know if that is silly) can puzzle your so-called intelligence and fuck up all of people’s lives.Suddenly the impossible is possible even though it doesn’t make sense. Desperation to comprehend this can drive you to do anything without knowing that this action might complicate things. This can happen to anybody, doesn’t matter if you are the muscle-obsessed one or even the intelligence sniper.

P.S: watch your head.

CIA Superior: What did we learn, Palmer?
CIA Officer: I don’t know, sir.
CIA Superior: I don’t fuckin’ know either. I guess we learned not to do it again.
CIA Officer: Yes, sir.
CIA Superior: I’m fucked if I know what we did.
CIA Officer: Yes, sir, it’s, uh, hard to say
CIA Superior: Jesus Fucking Christ.