Unknown White Male (2006)
Critic Consensus: With a quirky visual style, this documentary follows a story of memory loss and confusion while posing provocative questions about the nature of personality.
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It doesn't help Bruce's cause that he is seen in archive footage to have been a smug, arrogant fellow; it's tempting to imagine that his memory has abandoned him in exasperation. A case of amnesia as overdue self-discovery, perhaps?
Given that this retrograde memory loss has cleansed Doug Bruce's perceptions and made him an altogether more open and emotional person, Unknown White Male suggests that amnesia could be the ultimate chicken soup for the soul.
In the end, it fails to offer any insight into the philosophical question it poses.
Unknown White Male has moments you won't forget, appropriate praise for a documentary about amnesia.
Audience Reviews for Unknown White Male
[font=Century Gothic]"Unknown White Male" is an eye-opening documentary made by Rupert Murray about his friend, Doug Bruce, a stockbroker turned photographer, who lost his complete memory on July 2, 2003 for no apparent reason.(And you thought they were making up the weird stuff on "House", didn't you?) His instincts are still there but he needs somebody to come to Coney Island Hospital to identify him which luckily does happen. After that, the movie captures his long journey to reconnect with family and friends, as he rediscovers the world around him.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Unknown White Male" takes a stab at what makes us who we are but this is a huge topic and all this documentary can do in its relatively short running time is to scratch the surface. Personally, I think we are half the creation of our parents and environment and the other half is what we biologically bring to the table. In short, we will always have our family but our friends we make along the way. And as our lives change; our friends change, too.[/font]
This is an interested documentary about a guy that woke up on a subway with no memory of who he was and no identification on him, only a girls name and phone number. Doug Bruce, the amnesiac, discovers who he is and has to meet family and friends for the first time and decide what role they will play in his new life.
This is really strange...it'd be so hard to have to restart your life all over again. When watching this movie, the word that kept coming to my mind was "inconvenient". Doug wasn't too scared, just seemed irritated. I kept wondering if he was faking the whole thing...it just seems too bizarre!
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