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Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma (2005)

An American is found naked and amnesiac in a vacant parking lot in Montreal in 1998. He says his name is James Brighton, but the only thing he's sure of is that he's gay. What happened to ... See full summary »

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James Brighton / Matthew Honeycutt
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Le meneur
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Acolyte #1
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Acolyte #2
Karyne Lemieux ...
Sylvie
Philippe Provencher ...
Policier à l'hôpital
Claudine Paquette ...
Réceptionniste à l'hôpital
Neil De Albuquerque ...
Préposé
Enrica Boucher ...
Patiente
Karine Lavergne ...
Infirmière
Louise Laprade ...
Geneviève Marler
Ginette Boivin ...
Dr. Montoya
Stefan Perrault ...
Lieutenant Marcel Beaupré
Norman Helms ...
Félix Blain
Henri Pardo ...
Dominique
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An American is found naked and amnesiac in a vacant parking lot in Montreal in 1998. He says his name is James Brighton, but the only thing he's sure of is that he's gay. What happened to this young American in search of freedom ? That's what Sylvie, a criminology student, tries to find out. Written by Les productions Castor & Pollux Inc. [ca]

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Amnesia and Confusion and Pseudobiopics
9 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 storyline (that becomes fragmented at regular intervals due to the moments of memory return the main character experiences), but instead in the manner in which our amnesiac struggles to find his identity, a family, and a sense of belonging. Through the help of social workers, detectives, a gay hotline service, and the media the 'true' identity is slowly unveiled, but not without some serious setbacks - often presented to us as flashback bits and pieces as to who our amnesiac may be. The transitions between the Montreal scenes and the subsequent scenes in Tennessee (the apparent home of the amnesiac now known as Matthew Honeycutt) are choppy with sidebars of Pentecostal church services adding to the confused mix. Yet in the end the pleasure of the film is up to the viewer's interpretation of all the 'facts' that have been discovered: we are allowed to participate in the enigma. In Québecois, French, and English with variable subtitles. Grady Harp


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