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Jacques Audiard's film gets the psychological effects of amputation, but would Marion Cotillard really be walking so quickly, asks Limbless Association member Stuart Holt

Most people can't imagine what it's like to lose a limb. I had both my legs amputated below the knee in 1997, after contracting meningitis and septicemia. I was in an induced coma for two weeks; when I came round, my left leg was already gone, but the doctors instructed my wife not to tell me. When I realised what had happened, I cried and cried.

This film does very well at putting across the psychological effects of limb loss. Stephanie, played by Marion Cotillard, is a young orca trainer who loses both her legs above the knee following an incident with one of her killer whales. When she comes round in hospital and discovers her legs have been amputated, she's very distraught, and a period »

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