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Lapse of Memory (1991)

After a terrible accident, a psychatrist has to help Bruce to regain his memory. In flashbacks, we learn that his family had to flee from New York City, after his father uncovered a large ... See full summary »


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Robert Cormier (novel), Patrick Dewolf | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
John Hurt ... Conrad Farmer
Marthe Keller ... Linda Farmer (Marie Carson)
Mathew Mackay ... Bruce Farmer (Bruce Carson)
Kathleen Robertson ... Patrick (Melody)
Marion Peterson ... Dr. Lauren Brint
Serge Dupire ... Scott
Bob Watson Barr Bob Watson Barr ... Sheldon
Terry Haig Terry Haig ... Frank Dalmadge
Gordon Masten ... Senior Publisher
Michael McGill Michael McGill ... Junior Publisher
Jude Beny ... Nurse
John Lambert John Lambert ... Bus Driver
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After a terrible accident, a psychatrist has to help Bruce to regain his memory. In flashbacks, we learn that his family had to flee from New York City, after his father uncovered a large case of corruption. Bruce didn't know this for most of his life, until he found a passport with a different name in it. After the first shock, he tries to continue living like a normal teenager. Unknowingly, his cute little girlfriend "Patrick" brings them in danger. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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What's with the French?
25 September 2007 | by ChristopherYoudfanSee all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of Robert Cormier, and like the above reviewers, found the rarity of this film most frustrating. Funnily enough though, I won this on original VHS for one pound (a UK release) so now I have seen all the filmed adaptations of Cormier's novels (except for the currently being produced Tenderness with Russell Crowe). The Chocolate War was a poor version of Cormier's best known work - complete with the Hollywood ending. It was a great start, but ended badly. The Bumblebee Flies Anyway was a great little by-the-numbers low budget (TV) movie, and the original version of I am the Cheese (featuring Cormier himself in a small role) was OK as well, though some bad performances and another dud ending change. So the second version of I am the Cheese - called Lapse of Memory (a better title given the fact I am the Cheese/Farmer in the Dell is not mentioned, and is better explained/suited to the book) - is again not bad. It sticks in some areas closer to the novel, in others it deviates. The direction is a bit all over the place (at least on the fullscreen version I saw), and John Hurt's performance is not his finest hour. The child actors are more than competent though. My big gripe though is this - I'm glad its set in Cormier's French Canada (where most of his books are set) and uses a combination of French and English that Canadians speak there, but what is the deal about not providing subtitles? This is a UK VHS (where they don't speak French!) so I missed major chunks of dialogue all in French. There was one entire scene revolving around the mother - looked very emotional - that was entirely in French but I have no idea what it was. Very frustrating. I like authenticity of language (Passion of the Christ was a masterpiece in this regard) but subtitle it please! Definitely should be out on subbed DVD. Otherwise, a pleasant way to spend 80 min, though there's a better film of this (and most of Cormier's fiction) lurking - if only someone could give it a decent budget. Perhaps Crowe's presence in Tenderness might revive his fine works.

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