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Unknown White Male (2005)
I really wanted to enjoy this film. The subject-matter was great and I'd read some interesting articles in the press beforehand. A family member had suffered a similar condition (retrograde amnesia) that Doug Bruce experiences in the film some years ago, so it was of particular relevance to me.
Ultimately, this is a disappointing, frustrating film. It is certainly well made and director Rupert Murray deserves some praise for how he reconstructed a story where not much original material is available. However, the film actually doesn't reveal very much. I wanted it to go much further into the clinical aspects of the condition - how was it caused? how is it treated? - but instead we have to endure the tedious meeting between Bruce and his friends in London, none of whom has very much to offer.
Is this a film about the clinical aspects of the condition, or is it a film about forgetting who your friends are? The film couldn't decide. The lack of weighty material on the clinical side is perhaps one reason why some critics have found it hard to take the film seriously.