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Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma -- Inspired by a true story, Amnesia tells the story of a young man (Dusan Dukic) who wakes up on a Montreal street knowing nothing about himself, except that he's gay.


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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dusan Dukic ... James Brighton / Matthew Honeycutt

Tyler Hall ... Le meneur

Derek Lebrero ... Acolyte #1

Maurizio Terrazzano ... 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
Louis Mauffette ... Bénévole S.O.S. Gai (as Louis-Olivier Mauffette)
Patrice D'Aragon ... Ami au bar
Étienne Meunier ... Client au bar
Paul-Antoine Taillefer ... Animateur TVK
Matt Holland ... Bob Williams
Eric Cabana ... Inspecteur Christian Leclerc (as Éric Cabana)
François Dupuy ... Reporter TQA
Mariah Inger ... Bobbie
Fernand Rainville ... Me Maurice Laurent
L. Kalo Gow ... Tante de Matthew Honeycutt

Helen King ... Journaliste
Charlot ... Charlie le chien

Bruce Ramsay ... Carl Honeycutt
Andrea Revel ... Chanteuse gospel
Peter Xirogiannis ... Musicien #1
Dave Lines ... Musicien #2
John Dodge ... Musicien #3

Holly G. Frankel ... Emma (as Holly Gauthier-Frankel)
Steven Turpin ... Le 'vrai' James Brighton

Julian Casey ... Brendan

Directed by
Denis Langlois 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bertrand Lachance 
Denis Langlois 

Produced by
Bertrand Lachance .... producer
Denis Langlois .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Xirogiannis 
Cinematography by
Larry Lynn 
Film Editing by
Denis Langlois 
Costume Design by
Corinne Montpetit 
Sound Department
Louis Hone .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Music Department
Simon Wayland .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Claudia Bérubé .... set production assistant

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Canada:90 min
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Canada:13+ | Canada:13+ (original rating)
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Amnesia and Confusion and Pseudobiopics, 9 December 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

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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