— [http://goo.gl/6Ienuu] A dusty deserted street - saloon, livery stable, sunset. Only there is something unsettling about it all. The colors are too muted and the angles not quite in perspective. Pulling slowly back eventually reveals the edges og a narrow wooden picture frame..._______________________In the bedroom, at night, 1930: Drifting away from the painting and slowy across a room. Open, letting in moonlight, across intricate handmade woden models, dime novels and comic books, across the arm of a netronome gently slapping back and forth, and settling finally in a small hand writing slowly and deliberately, over and over, in synchronization, it seems, to the rythm of the metronome, the word, "LEONARD."
The film Awakenings is testimony to the dream of a neurologist who transiently gave back “freedom” to his post-encephalitis patients, paralyzed by Parkinson’s disease for decades, treating them with what was considered a miracle drug: L-dopa. These awakenings opened his eyes to the tragedy: the passage of time that not all of the patients could admit to having lost. The dichotomy between the benefits and adverse side effects, however evident they seem, is a difficult area in the doctor-patient relationship. Both must accept the reality of the situation. The film is indeed a masterful depiction of medical ethics and of the value of existence.
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