Unknown White Male: A True Story
- "Visualizing Memory: Making of " featurette
- "Where He Is Now" featurette
- Interviews with friends
- Extended interviews with experts
- Q&A with the director and producer
- Original Sand Dune sequence
Top Customer Reviews
I find this fascinating from a purely clinical standpoint. Although amnesia is very common, Psychogenic Amnesia is not and Generalised Amnesia is very rare. This is where someone claims he cannot remember any past events in his life while the doctor is not able to pinpoint anything physically wrong with him. In Bruce's case he claims to be unable to recall anything in his life up to that point in the subway. He is however able to form new memories. His memory impairment although extensive, is also selective. Episodic memory (memory of past events) is entirely lost. However, some components of semantic memory (general knowledge) and procedural memory (skills) are still present.Read more ›
In Doug's backpack there is a book about translating Spanish and between the pages of this book a phone number of someone named Eva. And so begins Doug Bruce's journey to reclaim his life.
Doctors diagnose Doug as having retrograde amnesia. In other words, he could describe an ocean for you but could not describe how it feels to swim in one.
The most touching scenes in the film are those dealing with Doug's family: can you imagine how it feels to look into your son's/brother's/nephew's eyes and realize that he doesn't recognize you? Has no idea who you are? Can't remember the Love that exists between the two of you? In fact, Doug has no idea what love is.
"Unknown White Male" is fascinating, intelligent but ultimately sad. It disturbs. It forces us to think about things we'd rather not and as such "Unknown White Male" extends way, way beyond our comfort zone: something that very few movies have the wherewithal to attempt much less accomplish.
If you just like action adventure, forget it. If you want to see a good film at home with your girlfriend (or boyfriend) and then have some really interesting discussions wih your friends, don't miss this opportunity; a steal at the price. Buy it, share it, and discuss it.
It's very interesting to wonder who we would be if we had no past. Just plunk us down in the life of a man who was wealthy enough to retire at 30, and let us blossom. Doug returns to his study of photography, and attempts to normalize his life.
There are a lot of things to recommend this movie, although it is not spectacular -- it's a careful documentary made by the man's friend. It's thought-provoking in the extreme -- among those thoughts: what would have happened if he had not been wealthy?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow... how weird is this? And how fragile are we, our minds?! Our self-concepts are nothing that we should take that seriously... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vivianne
I am happy with this purchase. It came right away and I have enjoyed watching it. I have shared it with friends and family members.Published on January 24, 2013 by peopleperson
These days you can't be too skeptical about the lengths a person might go to for attention. One doctor implies that certain amnesia patients (without physical damage) may just not... Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by mr. contrarian
A nice doco about amnesia sufferer and his way from Coney Island, NY, back to home country and family in England, geographically and mentally. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Michael Kerjman
This is an interesting doc. I think the controversy over whether or not it's "real" (=whether or not Doug really has amnesia) makes it a lot more interesting. Read morePublished on June 20, 2008 by Bookbug
Did this guy actually suffer amnesia? ...Maybe, I don't know, only he and Rupert and anyone behind this documentary knows. Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Ramon Olivo
I've read other reviews, and most think it's a hoax. So what? Wouldn't we all like to start over? The fact that he went all over the world to reconnect, with friends and family,... Read morePublished on May 3, 2008 by R. Gawlitta
Are we still caught up in the faux-profound of this ridiculous charade? A documentary maker that refuses to get his subject to take the REAL test that objectively, once and for... Read morePublished on February 4, 2008 by Aaron
I found it to be an intriguing story.
Imagine that you wake up one day, not only have you lost your memory of your past, but you also need to be introduced to everything... Read more