Imagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language - every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? For Edwyn Collins, 'The Possibilities Are Endless'.
Colin hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.
The Possibilities Are Endless tells the incredible story of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish songwriter who suffered a stroke, an explosion in the brain so severe that it effectively deleted the contents of his mind. After a career as an internationally acclaimed lyricist, he lost all language and was only able to say two phrases: "The Possibilities are Endless" and "Grace Maxwell". The film is narrated by Edwyn, trapped inside his devastated mind and his wife Grace, the woman who pulled him back to life. More than just a story of determination against all odds; it is an intimate and life-affirming journey of rediscovery that celebrates how love, music and language shape our lives.Written by
The first twenty minutes are this really work in an atmospheric, lyrical, poetic sort of way. The same sort of way that Malick films work. Really ambitious and inspired for a documentary. And the whole documentary refuses to bow downy os sentimentality of misery and pain, and instead really highlights the beautiful moments. This film is definitely going to test many people's patience, but considering how bad some films get these days, nor expect for the audience, this is a very, very welcome little surprise and I hope many people are able to seek it out. It's a really grand testament with how it approaches its subject and the subject matter, and definitely recommend it.
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