“The Mind of Mr Soames,” directed by Alan Cooke

Movie, 1970

Science-fiction in which a 30 year-old man is woken up from a coma he’s been in since being born. A film whose setting and themes of nature and nurture feel and are treated through the time of the film’s production, and which combine, at times, with the low budget to cut corners and make things feel a little under powered at times. There are, however, some big old themes explored, again, occasionally a little bluntly, but overall, in such a way that demands attention. For all the stereotypes and period flinches, some of the details are great and the final scene, played out like a stage denouement in mud, rain and near silence, is hugely atmospheric. A really diverting picture.

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