AMNESIA: The James Brighton Enigma

90 min, Fiction, Quebec, Canada, 2005
Directed byDenis Langlois
Produced byLes productions Castor & Pollux inc.
Short descriptionA young american is found naked in the streets of Old Montreal.
Film subjects Identity , Psychology
Regis du cinemas, general

Film details


Inspired by real events, AMNESIA – The James Brighton Enigma tells the story of an American found naked and amnesiac in a vacant parking lot in Montreal in 1998. He says his name is James Brighton, but the only thing he’s sure of is that he’s gay. What happened to this young American in search of freedom?



Director : Denis Langlois

Screenplay : Bertrand Lachance et Denis Langlois
Cinematography : Larry Flynn

Editing : Denis Langlois

Score : Peter Xirogiannis

Sound Conception : Denis Saindon

Sound Recording : François Guérin

Production : Bertrand Lachance et Denis Langlois


With : Dusan Dukic, Karyne Lemieux, Norman Helms, Louise Laprade


Financial Partners

Téléfilm Canada


Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Crédits d’impôts fédéraux et provinciaux

Fonds Harold Greenberg

Super Écran

Director's statement

25 years ago…


In 1994, Bertrand Lachance and I founded Castor & Pollux Productions to produce the films no other producers wanted, films about Aids, male identity and homophobia. Films that are socially engaged but also entertaining – you could say sexy and romantic! Enjoy!


Denis Langlois

Denis Langlois graduated from Concordia’s University Film program in Montreal. After My life, The Escort, Danny in the Sky and Amnesia - The James Brighton Enigma, winner of best Canadian film at Inside Out Film Festival (Toronto) and Audience Award at LLamale H International Film Festival (Montevideo, Uruguay), he releases A Paradise Too Far in 2017, winner of best feature at Picture This! Film Festival (Calgary). Most of his films were released in France, the USA, the UK, Ireland and Germany. His partner at Castor & Pollux Productions, cowriter and producer Bertrand Lachance has worked with him on all these films.