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Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma [DVD] [PAL]


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  • Actors: Dusan Dukic, Tyler Hall, Derek Lebrero, Maurizio Terrazzano, Karyne Lemieux
  • Directors: Denis Langlois
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W1USIQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Canadian drama inspired by a true story of an American man (Dusan Dukic) who is found naked and suffering from amnesia in an empty parking lot in Montreal. The man says his name is James Brighton, but the only other thing he's sure of is that he's gay. Volunteers from S.O.S. Gay organise a media campaign to help him recover his forgotten past. But after three months, no one has claimed him, and James starts to despair. That is until the Montreal Police arrest him after his brother, a Pentecostal minister in Tennessee, recognises him on TV. What happened to this young American in his search for freedom? Sylvie (Karyne Lemieux), a criminology student, tries to find out a year later, as her fascination with the case brings her to question her own identity.

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Georgios Xenias on 7 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
It is a pity that the previous reviewer was not able to see this film with the subtitles. I had some problem with them too, so the first time I watched it without subtitles and, though I was able to follow the plot, I had the feeling that I had missed a lot -which indeed I had. So I tried it again and the subtitles were there and the movie, which had seemed interesting the first time, came out as an excellent study of a troubled individual, at the same time making some very keen comments about homosexuality and the seeking of identity.
The story was inspired by true events. A young man was found naked and beaten-up in the streets of Montreal, Canada. He could not remember who he was, but after a while he remembered he was gay and a little later a name came to his mind, which he assumed was his own. (It is interesting that his sexual identity came back before his actual one.)
In the film, the story is presented through the research of a student who decides to make her thesis about it. (She is the main French-speaking party and she provides all the poignant commentary on the social situation surrounding the hero.)
The script is excellent, unfolding the facts of James's life in a detective-story fashion, while at the same time addressing social and psychological issues.
Though this is a rather low budget film, the cinematography is quite good and we never get a sense that any of the choices were made because of financial limitations.
The acting is first-rate.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 20 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
This film is like a documentary - unfolding as you watch without knowing where the plot or conclusion is going. Which of course is the reality of this true-life scenario. It's like a jigsaw - the pieces start to fall into place. But the key event - the key drama - is hidden and only revealed near the end. The story has a hard unhappy core. The whole drama revolves around an event which is "blanked out" by the main protagonist. We have to learn to discover what happened like everyone else around him. But you don't really know where the resolution is. Where the future lies. There is no happy scenario in sight. But perhaps this is the strength of the film - there is unfinished business - we have a long way to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gay Londoner on 1 Jan 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and agree with all the good reviews it has received. It would have been interesting to have been told rather more about what actually happened to the main character in real life - we are simply told at the end that he now lives in the USA.
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Or at least one part of this fairly decent film is. A horrible event. A shocking crime. Nasty bastards brutalising innocent defenceless victims. Still there are far worse films out there.
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