The 9th Life of Louis Drax

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

DVD - 2017
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After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis's near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father, Peter, acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy's unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition.

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

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Opening narrative:
Everyone said that one day I was going to have an accident. An accident to end all accidents. One day, you might look up and see a kid falling from the sky. That kid would be me. I'm Louis Drax, the amazing accident-prone boy. My first accident was being born. It happened like Julius Caesar. They stab the lady with the knife till her belly pops, and then they yank you out, all covered in blood.
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My mom says I'm an angel. You know, Louis, they say cats have nine lives. Their souls cling to their bodies and won't let go. If you were a cat, you'd have used up eight of your lives by now. One for each year. Please don't use up any more.
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You see, I believe that the brain is more than the sum of its parts. And that all of us, no matter how damaged, can make connections.
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I know, we're not supposed to use the word, "miracle" in the medical profession, but this might call for an exception.

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

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Your elevator makes me urinate.
-You have mild claustrophobia. Totally normal. You know, that elevator's tiny. You're way too big for it.
Not as big as you. Grownups are always laughing at things that aren't funny. - Squeak, squeak.
-You read any good books lately, you wanna tell me about?
I read the Bible.
-How'd you like it?
I liked the part with the snake. Mr. Snake.
-What's he doing? What's up with him, tell me about the snake.
Adam is so stupid. He deserves to be punished.
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I'd like to sit in a chair all day and say, "Tell me more," and make zillions of dollars. I'd like that. Looks like an easy life.
-So you're telling me that you think that being a grownup is an easy life? You looking forward to that? You looking forward to growing up?
Stupid question.
-Why is that a stupid question?
Because I'm never going to grow up.

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

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She's getting eaten alive out there.
-I expect she's used to it by now. Men always behave like fools around pretty girls.
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Ever since he was born, I've always been able to communicate, know what the other one was thinking, like twins. My god, it sounds stupid and superstitious, but... if you knew Louis, if you knew everything he's been through... He's not like other children, I think my son's an angel. It's not easy being the mother of a troubled boy. Always full of worry. Gotta protect him, gotta protect him.
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If you could choose anybody in the world to be your dad, anybody.
-Anyone?
Anybody, dead or alive.
-You.
Me?
-Just kidding.
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My parents don't love each other, not the way that the lady and her husband with the Chinese children do.
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We stayed in San Diego for the whole weekend so that we could give Mom a rest because we were both men, and sometimes, men can be too much of a good thing and give you a headache.

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

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How are things with Sophie?
-Hanging by a string.
You and every husband.
-I don't think she loves me anymore.
Why should she? You don't love her anymore.
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He's a liar like all men are, and he plays the same games they play, like, "Pretend You Don't Hate Him." Why don't you like men? Because they did bad things to my mom.
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One of the secret rules is about pet keeping. If you own a small creature and he lives for longer than a small rodent's lifespan... that's two years... then you're allowed to kill him if you want to because you're his owner.
-Does the, um, the secret rule have a name?
Yes, "The Right of Disposal". "The Right of Disposal". You're allowed to do it with poison or weed killer, if you have any. Or you can just drop something heavy on him like a medical encyclopedia or "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

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... and he wobbled like a cartoon. You can guess the rest.
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He's reading to me about monster tubeworms. They're gross to look at because one end's a butt and the other's a mouth.
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Maybe I'm being unfair. I've just had a tough time with men, that's all.
-We're not all bad. Not... completely.
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He was very smart that way. Children, they always know so much more than we think.
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You said nothing would leave the room, and that wasn't true, so you suck.
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She's endured a lot even before Louis' accident. Forgive me for feeling some compassion.
-Oh, well, if it's compassion, then my mistake.

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

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Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Induced illness is the correct terminology. The victim abuses another, usually a child, in exchange for, you know, love, attention. When Louis was small, she had actually injured him herself. As he grew older, he learned what she wanted, you know, responded to her needs in exchange for love. She just had to be there, right? He'd have an accident, and she'd save him. And every time, it would strengthen the bond between them. She loved him, she hated him. Couldn't live with him, couldn't live without him.
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I was happy because I had a baby bat. And that bat was the most amazing bat in the entire world. And I... loved him more than the whole house.
-More than the whole street?
More than all the fish in the sea.
-But the baby bat had problems and made everyone sad.
No! No! He was perfect and smart... and strange... and brilliant... and kind... and so loved. And I was proud of of him every single day.

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firefly5
Oct 15, 2017

Strange movie. It moved so slowly I fast fwd. to get to the end. The ending was interesting and not exactly what I expected. I still have some questions but they will never be answered because I would not watch this a second time.

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wiredonjava
May 19, 2017

Engaging enough to not pull the plug. A femme fatale, a wacko kid and the same actor (Oliver Platt) from "Shut In" (boo!) playing yet another Psychiatrist role. I was thinking a mash up between Eminem's life story and "A Monster Calls" (yay!)

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cmarie20
May 17, 2017

Great movie! A very strange murder mystery with wonderful fantasy.

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jimg2000
Apr 05, 2017

Based on "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax 2004" novel by Liz Jensen. Honestly, may be numbed by too much super hero entertainment of late, thought it was a paranormal miracle story early on because of the boy's engrossing "remarkable" narratives and did not begin to suspect otherwise past half way. By then, it was a continuous gut wrenching ride towards the end. Likely there are better featured films on this difficult to please anyone topic though I can't recall any, at least not one with such an imaginative but satisfying neurology twist. Besides, there were numerous shots of San Francisco landmarks, including Bridges and Land's End although filmed in Vancouver and with French characters/places in the novel. (Perhaps "The Sixth Sense 1999" & "A Child's Cry for Help 1994"?) Ratings: 6.3/10 IMDb; 40% Rotten Tomatoes; 2.5/4 Roger Ebert.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 11, 2017

The acting was good, and I have no complaints about the directing, cinematography, music, costumes, or set design. The problem lay strictly in the totally transparent plot. If you haven't figured it out in the first 15 minutes, you haven't watch any medical dramas since before Quincy. One completely gratuitous sex scene makes it unsuitable for anyone young enough to feel suspense.

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