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A Psychological Thriller That Screams Mental Health is Serious!

A Psychological Thriller That Screams Mental Health is Serious!
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The Lost Patientalso known as The patient, is a French thriller that depicts the life of a 19-year-old boy named Thomas, who has recently woken up from a coma, and his pursuit to find out who killed his family. The movie, starring Txomin Vergez (Thomas Grimaud), runs for approximately 1 hour and 33 minutes. The Lost Patient is based on a story written by Timothé Le Boucher and directed by Christophe Charrier.

The movie’s full cast includes Txomin Vergez as Thomas Grimaud, Clotilde Hesme as Anna Kieffer, Rebecca Williams as Laura Grimaud, Audrey Dana as Betty Grimaud, Stéphane Rideau as Marc Grimaud, Matthieu Lucci as Dylan and Alex Lawther as Bastien. The music for the film was done by Alex Beaupain, Cinematography by Pierre Baboin and was produced by Juliette Sol and Stromboli Films.

The Netflix description reads:

Truth and memory collide in this shadowy screen adaptation of Timothé Le Boucher’s graphic novel as a young man confronts his trauma – and his demons.

-The Lost Patient Review Does Not Contain Spoilers-

The movie starts off with four kids playing in a neighborhood when they accidentally kick their ball inside the Grimauds’ home. It is discovered that the entire family is dead when one of the kids goes to collect the ball. Then we move on to the next scene, where thankfully only Thomas Grimaud has survived, but he awakens after 3 years in a coma. With the help of a therapist named Anna Kieffer, Thomas recollects his memory to find the killer.

The movie is a perfect blend of thriller and mystery, as the ending can only be revealed toward the end. If one has already read the book, then the ending is well known, but watching the characters come alive is a great way to dive deep into the story. The plot twist towards the end made a huge impact, and it stressed how one should always consider mental health issues seriously.

The Lost Patient Cinematography, Cast, Music Hikes The Chill Down The Spine

The Lost Patient Review
A still from the movie “The Lost Patient”

In the movie, we don’t get to see many supporting characters or unnecessary add-ons. Given the number of actors, everyone’s character played a major role. Each character showed a different identity that added to the ending. What fascinated me was how the characters who were initially portrayed as “good” were actually unintentionally playing the bad guy in the protagonist’s life.

The cinematography and music are both excellent. From the introduction of the movie with the ominous music to the thunder-flashing scenes, the creepy staircases, and the hospital rooms all backed by grisly music, the movie surely pulls in the audience to know what’s going to happen next. Surprisingly, there is no jump scare, but there is always a tingle as one waits to see where the story is leading.

The Lost Patient Fuels Mental Health, LGBTQ and Relationships’ Importance

The depiction of an LGBT+-related scene in 2001 (the movie is set in this period) is certainly a risky move. As we should know, France became the 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2013 after fighting for years. As the movie is set in 2001, that particular scene has a significant part because Bertrand Delanoe, a politician who came out as gay, was elected as the Mayor of Paris at that very time. Bringing such a scene to life is an excellent way to engage the audience in a historical investigation of LGBT+ people’s lives in France.

Speaking of mental health, the representation of Thomas and Anna itself is a major boon in the movie. Thomas, his nightmares, his sleep paralysis, the loss of his loved ones, and his yearning for friendship are all wonderfully shown. When Thomas feels happy with Bastein, a fellow patient, it clearly shows how Thomas is in need of love and communication. He is also seen getting rid of his sadness when he is with Bastein.

The Lost Patient Review
A still from the movie “The Lost Patient”

Anna’s character is a great portrayal of how a therapist should be. Her intense care to give Thomas a new life is greatly portrayed by the way she goes to the extreme to hide the truth from him. She sticks by him, assisting him in unraveling the truth on his own so that he can process his grievance and move on with his new life.

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In the movie, we get to see how broken families and ruthless parents’ lack of care can affect the mental health of kids. Not just that, but we also see how losing a loving parent can turn a child’s life upside down. Additionally, when parents fail to notice the mental issues, they’re going through and those of their children, the result could be terrible. And the movie presented it well and was disturbing in a good way!

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Final Verdict of The Lost Patient

The Lost Patient Review
A still from the movie “The Lost Patient”

Mind-blowing and a must-watch movie for everyone. This isn’t just a movie but, sadly, is reality as well. People should ensure their loved ones aren’t going through deep waters, for it could turn deadly. The Lost Patient is a wonderful movie that reached the climax perfectly without unnecessary scenes or too many characters. It was so neat and precise that I wondered if the film was really an hour and a half long.

The movie is streaming on netflixso do watch it and let us know how you feel.

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