Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma (2005)





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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. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Critic Reviews for Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma ekes middling results from a fascinating storyline.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
Top Critic

A little clunky and stiff, although the sheer outrageousness of the central puzzle keeps us riveted.

Full Review… | April 3, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

... a multi-layered film that goes far beyond narrative and deep into the universal human conundrums of purpose, pain and pride.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006

Audience Reviews for Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma

Even though it's clearly filmed on a low budget and the acting is a bit iffy, the story behind Amnesia remains gripping and engrossing stuff. I find it fascinating that someone who has lost the memory of themselves and any people they might know can still be aware of their sexuality, and I'm sure this is more proof (not that I think proof was ever needed) that one does not and cannot *choose* their sexuality. The reasons behind James' amnesia are both moving and believable and the film's open-ended 'conclusion' is perfectly pitched. A powerful film.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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Solid mystery that is not predictable. For the most part the performances are good and it?s believably presented. Fine score, interesting plot turns. It held my interest throughout.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Brought to a hospital after finding himself naked ans wounded in a deserted lot. He doesn't know his name or who he is. Slowly he is able to piece some things together, or can he? He does say a name and that he is gay. A young woman re-opens the case to search for truths. Is the truth too hard to remember in detail or was it all a hoax to cover for some thing even more sinister. Yes, I would recommend this film.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

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