CM: Richard Dyer has written that "Clement Page produces work with the psychological intensity of early German expressionist cinema conflated with the edgy syntax of contemporary video art practice, powerfully expansing the claustrophobia of intimate personal experience and trauma into an immensive and affecting cinematic experience" [Contemporary 2006].
Tiny Pain is a portrait of a real person's naturally occurring psychophysical symptom of 'sleep paraysis', where the subject is assailed by hallucinatory demons from the subconscious, but finds that s/he cannot move. Tiny Pain happens to be a unique case of a psychophysical portrait, because the person who experiences the hallucination in real life, is actually the person acting in the film. Based on the real-life report of this subject, "this short film echoes the claustrophobic atmosphere of cloying dread and steadily increasing panic as the paralysis spreads and the hallucinations intensify". To recreate as near-to-life as possible the metaphysical dimension of the subject's experience, Page has included an animation, illustrating the object that is the cause for 'pain', which would otherwise be invisible. Needless to say that the pain - ironically described in the film's title as 'tiny' - yields quite a psychosomatic expression, which is elloquently caught by Page. The concomitant to 'sleep paralysis' is 'somnambulism', a condition whereby the brain goes asleep only in parts. Page has explored this phenomenon in two further films; Unknown Disturbance (2004) and his major recent double-screen installation, Sleepwalker (2005).