The Man Whose Mind Exploded (2012)



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Drako Zarharzar remembers working with Salvador Dali, but he doesn't remember yesterday. ​ Funny, charming, exotic, and oblivious to others, at 76 he lives "completely in the now" following brain damage that robbed him of his ability to create memories. ​ To compensate he has created a beautiful, shocking 3D autobiographical collage that fills every space in his tiny flat - so if you enter his home you enter his mind. ​ I wanted to understand him, I end up caring for him as his unique philosophy TRUST ABSOLUTE CONDITIONAL conflicts with reality. The film is a collaboration between us, a record of a relationship that brought me great joy and wonder but also real pain. ​ It left me wondering if you can only ever truly love someone if you can see the world from their point of view. If they have severe mental impairment that is quite a challenge. (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Man Whose Mind Exploded

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An intimate documentary portrait that oozes love and warmth.

Jul 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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The laying bare of one man's fetishes proves pungently compelling ... but so much else about this story, about this life, also lingers.

Jun 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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With sensitivity and a strong sense of humour, this documentary profiles both a strikingly eccentric man and an unusual mental-health issue.

Jul 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The genuine warmth between Drako, on screen, and Amies off it, is enough to heat even the largest gentlemen's sauna.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Documentary maker Toby Amies finds out more about the parts of Zarhazar's life he can recall - and how he copes with the bits he doesn't.

Jun 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The heartbreaking story of an unique friendship; bring tissues.

Jun 26, 2014 | Full Review…

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