Unknown White Male (12A)
Time Out says
Thu Oct 20 2005I spent most of the time during the Sundance screening of this British documentary wondering whether it was, in fact, fake and I was having the wool pulled over my eyes by some clever-clever filmmaker. Ultimately, though, the truth was more simple: it’s a poor example of documentary-making. It’s the clunkiness of the technique rather than the extremity of the story – an Englishman, Doug Bruce, loses his memory while living in New York and has to reconstruct his life from scratch – that distracts. It’s hard, too, not to see this entire enterprise as exploitative, considering that its subject is suffering from a severe psychological disorder. Not that director Murray takes the science at all seriously; it’s the element of soap opera that he enjoys the most.