Unknown White Male (now out on DVD) tells the true story of a rich, young, single New Yorker who was apparently struck with a particularly severe case of amnesia sometime between July 1st and 3rd, 2003. The morning of the 3rd, Doug Bruce finds himself alone, frightened, without I.D., on a subway train, and has to turn to the police, and then a hospital emergency room, to unravel his identity.
As he’s gradually reintroduced to his life, filmmaker Rupert Murray, an old pal, starts documenting his ordeal; Bruce also films himself, video-journal-style. (Meeting his family “for the first time” makes for a particularly devastating scene.)
He’s a simplified, different version of himself — less of a prick, for one thing — and weirdly retains certain skill memories: he discovers, for instance, that he can swim upon his “first” dip in the ocean.
His non-recovery makes for a gripping medical mystery story that prompts mind-blowing questions about the very nature of identity.
Are you anything more than your memories?
What happens if your brain’s hard drive crashes?
Seriously, who the hell are you?
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