Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Canada, 2005.  Les productions Castor & Pollux Inc..  Screenplay by , Denis Langlois.  Produced by Bertrand Lachance, Denis Langlois.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cinematography by .  

A young man wakes up naked in a Montreal parking lot with no memory of how he got there and only the vague recollection of a beating. The only thing he knows about himself for sure is that he is gay, and that he recalls the name James Brighton, which turns out to be the name of a British citizen living in America. Assuming it is his own, Brighton gains an increasing amount of attention and sympathy from the press and public, beginning to successfully re-enter society until the police come to his door and announce him to be a fraud.

This modern day Kasper Hauser is now accused of identity theft: apparently this is something he has done many times before. Whether or not this is true is for you to find out, for while this fact-based, low-budget film has its rickety moments, the performances are all solid and its premise intriguing. Its only major fail is a sequence in which the lead character goes home to his American town, at which point it is obvious that the filmmakers have hastily subbed a Canadian suburb for an U.S. one; budgetary concerns begin to hurt at this point, and while they keep the film from really lifting off the screen, it is still worth watching.


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