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Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma (2008)

Dusan Dukic , Karyne Lemieux , Denis Langlois  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dusan Dukic, Karyne Lemieux, Louise Laprade, Norman Helms, Steven Turpin
  • Directors: Denis Langlois
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W1USIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma" on IMDb

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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.


Based on an astonishing true story, the sheer outrageousness of the central puzzle keeps us riveted --Shadows on the Wall

Highly engrossing take on an unforgettable story --Montreal Mirror

"Gem of a movie! An engrossing journey that fills in with well-thought-out performances and strong pictorial scenes." --DVD Verdict

Highly engrossing take on an unforgettable story --Montreal Mirror

"Gem of a movie! An engrossing journey that fills in with well-thought-out performances and strong pictorial scenes." --DVD Verdict

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm much more than gay, but that's all I remember ..." November 22, 2007
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amnesia and Confusion and Pseudobiopics December 9, 2007
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars amnesia July 29, 2013
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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.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modest film with a punch January 20, 2008
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This small Canadian movie released in 2005 tackles a frequent cinematic topic: if we forget who are are, who are we? This "drawn from truth" story reimagines the circumstances of a young man found lost in Montreal with no recollection of himself or his former life. His nascent sense of self offers the possibility that he is gay, so a very enlightened Montreal offers resources for this man to reintegrate into a community where he might make friends. Unfortunately, he cannot recapture his true past -- or can he? As the story moves along, we are left puzzled and slightly confused about the nature of reality as we learn more about this man and his earlier and later life. The film is technically adequate, but looks as if it were shot direct to video with less than optimal lighting. The sound is fair, and there is a decent musical score. The acting and directing are good although somewhat unforgettable. The movie says a lot about the Canadian penchant for taking care of others without prejudgment -- and that's a good thing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I struggled to watch the whole thing. Dullsville. Hardly seems believable. Also somehow I missed seeing that it's mostly in French, so if subtitles aren't your thing, skip it.
Published 19 months ago by seattlemama11
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This is a good product. I like it. This is a good product. I like it. This is a good product. I like it. This is a good product. I like it.
Published 20 months ago by Photographer and book/music lover
3.0 out of 5 stars NOt that great!
I watched this movie, with regret. I imagined it would be disappointing, and was right. It gave little to enjoy. The only good part about it was the ending. Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Bobby Willard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not so good either
Okay film about amnesiac trying to discover his identity, haunted by a dim memory of a violent incident in his past. Dusan Dukic does a fine job in the role of the amnesiac. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Scadhog
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT film! Could watch it over and over!!!
I don't know what the reviewer "Gordon Larko" is smoking. For some eason, he feels compelled to leave the EXACT SAME horrible review and 1 STAR rating for all GAY-THEMED movies. Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by The Blu-ray Boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire Movie - Don't waste your money !
Brutal Acting - Desparate Direction - Lighting drastic - Very Canadian - Dull, Found it hard to stay awake.
Published on February 22, 2009 by R. Curran
3.0 out of 5 stars amnesia: the james brighton enigma
disappointing film. a lot in the description of the film by early
reviewers, i just didn't see in the DVD release. Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by bigboyone
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic
This is a tragic story of two lovers whose relationship comes to an abrupt end by picking up strangers stranded on a lonely highway. Read more
Published on April 10, 2008 by Rolando A. Perez
3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but watchable
Made it to the end without too much effort. Haven't used it as a frisbee which is my benchmark for quality.
Published on March 27, 2008 by Nev
1.0 out of 5 stars poor, sad, bad in all ways
Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma
poor acting, i was bored all time, bad editing, anyway its bad bad bad , its a shame i wasted so much money on this item.
Published on March 3, 2008 by Aldo A. Torres Serna
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