Pleasure and Pain: The Science of Love

Love can change our lives – in the truest sense of the word. Recent scientific studies prove that love is more than just an emotion. It is a drive that transforms our brain and our body profoundly. This film shows the fascinating science behind what love is, what it does to us – and whether it is good for us at all.

‘Pleasure and pain: The Science of Love’ is an exciting visual journey through the world of love from birth to death. Astonishing facts are presented clearly, with answers to all the questions we have always asked ourselves: Why do lovers have palpitations? Why are they less hungry and why do they sleep less? Does love come from the brain or from the heart? And why does heartbreak hurt so much?


  • Year: 2018
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: A&O Buero
  • Director: Judith Konig
  • Available Versions: ENG, ESP, GER
  • Country of production: Germany



  • DocVille 2019 (Belgium), International Festival of Science Documentary Films Academia Film Olomouc 2019 (Czech Republic), Caid - International Science Film Festival of Athens 2019 (Greece), Life & Sciences Film Festival Prague 2019 (Czech Republic), Silbersalz Science Festival 2019 (Germany), Raw Science Film Festival 2020 (USA)

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