Special Feature — February 27, 2013, 9:02 am

My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain: A Short Film

An adaptation of T. C. Boyle’s classic short story

[Note: By agreement with the author, the film and short story are no longer available on the web.]

In January 2010, Harper’s Magazine published a stunning short story by T. C. Boyle that traces the desperate acts and philosophical consolations of a middle-aged man who has become romantically obsessed with one of his neighbors, a widow with whom he and his estranged wife were once close. Boyle later agreed to let independent filmmaker Adam Hall adapt the story into a short feature, which was filmed in Sullivan County, New York, and premiered at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival. Harper’s is pleased to be hosting the film on this page until September.

The full text of Boyle’s story is available to all readers here, and a Q & A with Hall about the adaptation process is online here.  

To view the film in fullscreen mode (recommended), select the outward-pointing arrows at the bottom right of the video. 

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