After a successful experiment on Algernon, a mouse whose level of intelligence thanks to that procedure dramatically increased, the scientists decided to go further - the next "guinea pig" ...
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Charlie Gordon is mentally handicapped and all he wants in life is to be a genius. When he gets picked for experimental surgery it looks like his dream may finally come true. But the ... See full summary »
After a successful experiment on Algernon, a mouse whose level of intelligence thanks to that procedure dramatically increased, the scientists decided to go further - the next "guinea pig" is Charles, a mentally retarded young man. The experiment is again successful. But what happens after it?
The book "Algernon" by Daniel Keyes is one of the best and surprising science-fiction book I have ever read. The only one in any case that ever shed my tears. It's more about "anticipation", as we say in french, than sci-fi. Nothing to do with X-Files; even the antithesis of 4400 and other new age stuff far from reality. Much more basic, but much more realistic, nothing gore or chilling, no action. Pure emotion and reflexion. It's all about human intelligence, the suffering, the distress of being intelligent or not. This movie can not bring totally into life the Keyes' style, but it's a brilliant interpretation. The main actor (J. Boisselier) is impressive. I won't say much more.
Read the book, watch the movie (if there is an US translation) !
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