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  • However, no matter how much my heart was tug with mournful feelings, the thing that I like about the movie is how it portrayed the story with great compassion
  • I love how eloquent the characters were and it somehow changed the course of the movie


    • by ibizaspain
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      This is a film that was shown in 1990. It was nominated for best picture that year in the Academy Awards. The movie was set in 1969 based on the memoirs of Oliver Sacks. The movie’s lead roles were portrayed by Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. I just recently bought this film in Blu Ray. The movie amazed me because Robin Williams was so juvenile in the film. I have not been used to seeing him that young as I already witnessed his films like Jumanji or Good Will Hunting in the late

      90’s.

      The movie is about the brief recovery of the patient who were in a catatonic state for a long time because of the post-encephalitis side effects of an epidemic that happened in 1920. Though the side effects were not immediate as this people got infected later on, the illness manifested patterns of symptoms that is similar to Parkinson’s. Dr. Malcom Sayer ( Robin Williams ) wants to test a drug L-Dop to these patients. Leonard Lowe ( Robert De Niro ) was the first patient to receive the test. The approval of the ...


      • parents was first secured before the treatment was pushed forward. Later on, Leonard was able to recover after administering L-Dopa. He was able to mobilize and regain his normal life. Then the drug was also tested to other patients. They also recovered. However, their symptoms of experiencing immobility later on surfaced. Thus, Dr. Sayer was confronted whether the drug really cured. The movie ended without resolving this and without even telling the viewers what the remedy was.

        The film has its melancholic tone in its plot and a lethargic storytelling style. The plot was

        set in 1969 which gives you a less vibrant picture of what the story would be. The agonizing state of the patients in the movie is another aspect that provides a wretched color of the movie. It was like you will have a one definite emotion right after the movie ends—sorrow. However, no matter how much my heart was tug with mournful feelings, the thing that I like about the movie is how it portrayed the story with great compassion. I love how eloquent the characters were and it somehow changed the course of the movie.




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