Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Ric Burns
Mon 27 Sep - Wed 29 Sep
  • Not harmful / All ages

A touching and very fascinating portrait of the world's most famous neurologist. Oliver Sacks appears to be a very likable, unconventional and brilliant scientist with a mind like an ever expanding universe, who never considered anything or anyone too odd.

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.

Ric Burns
Oliver Sacks, Roberto Calasso, Temple Grandin
94 min
Thu 12 Aug
United States
  • Not harmful / All ages

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