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Amnesia James Brighton Enigma [Import]

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  • Actors: Dusan Dukic, Tyler Hall, Derek Lebrero, Maurizio Terrazzano, Karyne Lemieux
  • Directors: Denis Langlois
  • Writers: Denis Langlois, Bertrand Lachance
  • Producers: Denis Langlois, Bertrand Lachance
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Nov. 20 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000W1USIQ

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Inspired by true events, this shocking story unfurls as a young American wakes up stark naked in a parking lot one frigid morning in Montreal. The only thing he remembers is that his name is James Brighton (Dusan Dukic) and he is gay. After the police efforts produce no results, James desperately turns to a local gay hotline and a doctorial student for help. As the pieces of his actual identity unfold, a bizarre twist lands James in jail and everyone questioning who this person really is! Filmmaker Denis Langlois (Danny in the Sky, The Escort) keeps us on the edge of our seats and guessing throughout this amazing tale.

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By David E on Oct. 31 2011
Format: DVD
Bon ben c'est pas génial comme histoire. Bien qu'il y a une ribambelle d'acteurs/actrices assez bon, je me suis fait chier et j'avais hâte que ça se termine.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
"I'm much more than gay, but that's all I remember ..." Nov. 22 2007
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A young American man wakes up naked in a Montreal parking lot, with no memory of what who he is or how he got there. All he remembers about himself is that he is gay. So begins "Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma" (Canadian 2005), a fictional story based on real life events.

The first thing that the young man eventually remembers is what he believes his name to be: James Brighton. He remembers other isolated things, such as some music he likes, expresses a familiarity with television broadcasting equipment, and easily picked up French as a second language when sent to a class. But he still claims not to remember where he is from, or how he got to that parking lot in Montreal. He is diagnosed with a rare type of amnesia, likely associated with a severe mental or emotional shock of some kind, but all therapies fail in trying to find out more. He turns for help to a staffer from the local gay helpline, as well as a doctoral student who has taken an interest in his case. He appears on a tabloid TV show broadcast throughout the United States, hoping that will provide leads as to who he really might be. When some calls come in, they suggest that James isn't who he claims to be at all, and perhaps faked his amnesia in order to force a new start away from legal problems in the US. What is likely his real life comes back to him gradually, in flashbacks, but we are never quite sure if that is the truth either.

An interesting approach to an amnesia story, with kind of a Lifetime / Movie of the Week vibe, though the acting is a bit better than that genre. The writer puts an interesting hook on the old "I am so much more than just a gay man"-tirade by introducing us to someone who doesn't know anything about himself *except* that he is a gay man, and raising related issues of how important identity is to one's wellbeing.
The film is paced well except for the last half hour or so, when characters seem to appear without any real introduction, and disappear just as quickly, making it difficult to follow what is happening. I was also confused trying to follow the dialogue which alternates in English and French (for which subtitles are provided), sometimes in the same sentence. Despite its faults, this is a worthy effort, and I give it four stars out of five. DVD has only chapter stops, photo gallery and a trailer; a director commentary and more background info on the real case (which is provided on the film's website) would have been nice. Not rated, but would only be a PG-13 for gay content.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Amnesia and Confusion and Pseudobiopics Dec 9 2007
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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, December 07
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A flight from responsibility is often the response to extreme trauma Dec 5 2012
By Whiteagle - Published on Amazon.com
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This analysis by a young criminologist writing her PhD on an unsolved mystery provides lots of questions about the way the psyche responds to trauma. Actually there are several layers of flight from reality which makes this case so interesting and confusing. Having experienced amnesia myself due to a fatal auto accident which killed my friend, this film spoke to my experience. Unlike the main character I had a supportive grandmother and girlfriend who made it easier to assimilate the horror and regain my memory. Self-love is a key factor in wanting to remember who we are. We have something good to return to. This young man has none of these things and his anmesia is his refuge as well as his prision. Definitely makes us think about our lives, our loves, and how we create ourselves through our actions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
amnesia July 29 2013
By Ed - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting video about physical gay bashing but, I'm not quite sure why the main character joined in ikilling a man that he was having a serious sexual relationship with.
Is he telling the truth as he remembers? Dec 21 2014
By Al Rubin from Southfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the story of a young man who wants to escape his own life and tries to take on the life of someone he met who on their trip to Montreal was murdered. At that time he was also beaten up and left naked. He has selective amnesia and through bits and pieces remembers his late friend's life as his own. The story is told through the eyes of an archivist who is doing a thesis based on him. The question is does he not remember his real past or does he not want to remember his real past. The answer sort of comes out in the end. He is a confused young man. His real family is pentecostal and he was married in a straight marriage and then with a gay lover with whom he broke up and then with what he thought was his true gay love who was murdered. He ends up well but without any real answer as to why he was running except perhaps to be able to live openly as a gay man as the only thing he remembered when he was first found is that he knew he was gay. It is not a film where the main character is depressed and suicidal because he is gay. He is sure of himself enough to try to find what he is looking for and does find it. How? You'll have to see the movie. I give it a four star.