Hypnotherapy is a form of alternative medicine that requires no medication, but simply a comfy chair and a will to listen. Through verbal exchange initiated after the subject enters a relaxed state, the hypnotist can then attempt to solve the necessary issues, such as breaking a bad habit, eliminating phobias or dealing with stress. This is achieved by reaching to the person’s subconscious and stimulating it in the desired direction.
‘Listen To My Voice‘ is a short documentary film that briefly chronicles and describes the profession of hypnotherapy, as narrated by Paul Howe, a semi-retired practitioner of the craft. In a monologue lasting around 4 minutes, Paul explains both technical aspects as well as potential outcomes and benefits which might result from hypnotherapy sessions, and his own personal view and satisfaction with regard to his job.
The documentary is well shot, and despite its minimal use of décor and characters, it manages to convey a succinct and believable depiction of hypnotherapy. In his trademark calm and soft voice, Paul Howe describes his beginnings as a practitioner of the craft, the immediate sense of satisfaction that he felt as a result, as well as prospects for the future.
Without spoiling the details which the documentary offers, one finds out what hypnotherapy is, what it entails, and what it is not. The best aspect of the film is its emphasis on authenticity and reality rather than a dramaticised or romanticised recount. It shows the limits of the practice, and highlights its many practical benefits which Paul has observed throughout the years.
Short, concise and informative, the short documentary directed by Andrew Cheng doesn’t offer any ground-breaking insights or spectacular revelations from the world of hypnotherapy, but instead provides the viewers with an overview of both the craft and the man that Paul Howe is. Overall, ‘Listen To My Voice’ is a good achievement!