It's kind of a miracle that there actually ever became anything of Oliver Sacks. For a large part of his life, this wise, cheerful doctor was considered 'a supreme fuck-up', as one of his colleagues briefly phrases it. Sacks was an outsider, struggling with his sexuality and abundant behaviour, who seems to have lived multiple different lives. The story of his life is at least as interesting as the striking medical histories of his patients, for whose treatments he became so reknown. Nobody could observe better and had a greater capacity to emphasize than Sacks. In this film, he tells his remarkable history one more time at the age of 81 and embraces his approaching death as a new adventure.