Inspired by true events, this shocking story unfurls as a young American wakes up stark naked in a parking lot one frigid morning in Montreal. The only thing he remembers is that his name is James Brighton (Dusan Dukic) and he is gay. After the police efforts produce no results, James desperately turns to a local gay hotline and a doctorial student for help. As the pieces of his actual identity unfold, a bizarre twist lands James in jail and everyone questioning who this person really is! Filmmaker Denis Langlois (Danny in the Sky, The Escort) keeps us on the edge of our seats and guessing throughout this amazing tale.
Tyler Hall, Derek Lebrero Dusan Dukic
NR (Not Rated)
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A young American man wakes up naked in a Montreal parking lot, with no memory of what who he is or how he got there. All he remembers about himself is that he is gay. So begins "Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma" (Canadian 2005), a fictional story based on real life events.
The first thing that the young man eventually remembers is what he believes his name to be: James Brighton. He remembers other isolated things, such as some music he likes, expresses a familiarity with television broadcasting equipment, and easily picked up French as a second language when sent to a class. But he still claims not to remember where he is from, or how he got to that parking lot in Montreal. He is diagnosed with a rare type of amnesia, likely associated with a severe mental or emotional shock of some kind, but all therapies fail in trying to find out more. He turns for help to a staffer from the local gay helpline, as well as a doctoral student who has taken an interest in his case...
AMNESIA: THE JAMES BRIGHTON ENIGMA (Amnésie: L'énigme James Brighton) is an independent Canadian film based on fact, but with alterations of names and places to protect/enhance the real people. The title's two operative words are 'amnesia' and 'enigma' because watching this film places the viewer in the uncomfortable position of confusion as to fact and fiction - a state of main that must imitate the art of the story! The story is a version of an incident that occurred in 1998: a young nude lad was found in a deserted lot in Montréal, taken to a hospital where he was found to have total amnesia except for the fact that he knows he is gay and he believes his name is 'James Brighton'. The story is enhanced by a strong script by Bertrand Lachance and Denis Langlois (who also directs) and by a cast that is able and convincing, especially the main character James Brighton/Matthew Honeycutt (Dusan Dukic).
The grit of the film lies not so much in the...
This small Canadian movie released in 2005 tackles a frequent cinematic topic: if we forget who are are, who are we? This "drawn from truth" story reimagines the circumstances of a young man found lost in Montreal with no recollection of himself or his former life. His nascent sense of self offers the possibility that he is gay, so a very enlightened Montreal offers resources for this man to reintegrate into a community where he might make friends. Unfortunately, he cannot recapture his true past -- or can he? As the story moves along, we are left puzzled and slightly confused about the nature of reality as we learn more about this man and his earlier and later life. The film is technically adequate, but looks as if it were shot direct to video with less than optimal lighting. The sound is fair, and there is a decent musical score. The acting and directing are good although somewhat unforgettable. The movie says a lot about the Canadian penchant for taking care of others without...
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