Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Freeview film of the day : tuesday 15th of December

The Possibilities Are Endless (2014 83min.) [Film4 11.25pm &+1]
Freeview premiere

Documentary following singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins' rehabilitation after he suffered two cerebral haemorrhages that affected his memory, weakened his right side and left him able to say four things - including the phrase `the possibilities are endless'. Edward Lovelace and James Hall's film tracks the former Orange Juice frontman as he and his wife Grace Maxwell slowly put his life back together and come to terms with the dramatic consequences of the haemorrhages.

An artfully constructed film that's part documentary and part impressionistic wander through the bruised and battered mind of it's subject.

The frail but still chipper Collins may be the subject of the film but Grace Maxwell emerges as the real star : tough talking, caring and endlessly patient.

The pair are utterly devoid of bitterness and rancour and seem simply to be delighted to be able to continue the journey through life that began when they met as teenagers.

It's a wonderfully uplifting and profoundly moving eighty minutes spent in the company of a genuinely delightful small group of people.

Highly recommended.

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