The Girl Who Cries Blood Review: Seeing Red
THE GIRL WHO CRIES BLOOD: Tuesday 12th January, Channel 4, 10pm ALERT ME
“According to the mystic, Twinkle is possessed.”
A genuine line from this shockumentary about a girl who spontaneously bleeds from her head, hands and eyes, you wonder if Channel 4’s Body Shock series has finally surpassed itself.
13-year-old Twinkle Dwivedi from India has suffered from the condition for the past two years. Which could be medical. Or spiritual. Or just downright unexplainable. Either way, each theory is examined in the 60 minutes that follow.
When we see the blood mysteriously appear on Twinkle for the first time, it is pretty unnerving. Her scalp, eyes and hands are suddenly painted with the red stuff with no visible cuts or scars on the skin. As she washes it off in the sink, it’s like the whole episode never happened.
Crying ‘tears of blood’ is not unknown to medical science, apparently, but in the case of Twinkle it is not restricted to her eyes. “Doctors say she is looking for attention,” her father explains. “Everyone’s passed the buck; I’ve lost faith.”
The neighbours have so much faith they reckon it’s a miracle. Or a bad omen, or ghost. They even visit the local mystic (you don’t get many of them around London) who confidently states, “This is a curse. It’s not going to go away quietly.”
And not even a Catholic bishop can put it down to ‘Stigmata’, bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus. Which, at this point, seems the most promising explanation. But the bishop doesn’t believe it has anything to do with Twinkle’s case. “Live in hope, keep smiling,” he offers.
Eventually she goes to Mumbai with her mother to meet top US blood specialist George Buchanan who, well, can’t really explain it either. “Medically speaking, this shouldn’t be possible,” he guffaws, dumbfounded.
After extensive tests and a possibility of a problem with her platelets (there’s a science lesson here too for those less knowledgeable), a CSI-style investigation is launched on Twinkle and her mother – could they be smearing the blood on themselves?
I won’t tell you the answer, mainly as there isn’t one. As with most of the ‘Bodyshock’ programmes, there are weird and wonderful theories (and some gory scenes) but no definite answers. This, blud, could run and run.