Amnésie: L'Énigme James Brighton

Amnésie: L'Énigme James Brighton

4.0 1
Director: Denis Langlois

Cast: Denis Langlois, Dusan Dukic, Karyne Lemieux, Normand Helms

     
 
Inspired by true events, Amnesie: L'Enigme James Brighton tells the story of James Brighton, an American man found naked in a Montreal parking lot with no memory of who he is besides his name, and the fact that he is gay. A gay advocacy group launches a campaign to track down James' identity, and police administer numerous medical tests to uncover the root of

Overview

Inspired by true events, Amnesie: L'Enigme James Brighton tells the story of James Brighton, an American man found naked in a Montreal parking lot with no memory of who he is besides his name, and the fact that he is gay. A gay advocacy group launches a campaign to track down James' identity, and police administer numerous medical tests to uncover the root of his amnesia but after three months, there is no information either on James' identity, or on the cause of his memory loss. Finally, a family from Tennessee recognizes James' face from the media and comes forward claim him -- except his name isn't James Brighton, it's Matthew Honeycutt. The young man was soon arrested for committing fraud by faking his amnesia, but many remain uncertain about the truth behind Honeycutt's claims. A year later, fascinated by the case, a student in criminology named Sylvie begins to study it, only to discover that even her own identity is becoming elusive.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
UPC:
0807839003000
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tla
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Stills gallery; Original trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma
1. To Your Knees [8:01]
2. You Don't Remember [6:05]
3. Always Disturbing [7:52]
4. Stuck With Us [6:13]
5. I Don't Have a a Story Anymore [7:03]
6. Are You Crazy [7:02]
7. A New Twist [5:57]
8. I Can't Trust My Dreams [7:25]
9. Remember That? [7:49]
10. Against God [7:04]
11. Black and Blue [8:29]
12. Too Beautiful [11:16]

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Amnésie: L'Énigme James Brighton 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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