Louis Theroux - Drinking to Oblivion / A Different Brain (BBC Two)

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  1. krish

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    Louis is back for the first of two UK based docs on Sunday, 24th April, 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC2 ...

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    9pm tomorrow night ...
     
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    BBC2 are inviting questions after the doc, in the comments of this Facebook post, which they'll be 'putting' to LT (though he can probably see them for himself) ...

     
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    Anybody watch this?

    I missed it but intend to catch up on iplayer this weekend.
     
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    I watched the first five minutes and then had to switch it off. I was unprepared for just how grim it was going to be. I'm going to take another crack at it later.
     
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    I saw it late last night on repeat. I didn't particularly want to watch but I made it to the end. I felt most sorry for the French lady pictured in post one. She seemed to have nothing to live for especially with her "lovely" boyfriend. He was supposed to be less dependant on alcohol than her but he was a nasty piece of work if he was portrayed accurately. The others in it clearly had their problems too but seemed to be able to stay off the booze for long periods of time. She didn't seem willing or able to try. Alcohol has been a huge part of her life for 30 years and she is scared that giving up will change her personality. She is waiting to die. Very sad.

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    I caught it, sad state of affairs drink can lead you to, Joe went from sensible, affluent young lad to a gibbering wreck and back, I hope he gets the support he needs to keep on the right track. The guy who was told something like 70% of people in your state have about 3 months to live :eek: You could see him trying to decipher what that meant for him, not good no matter what.

    And yes, the French lady needed a lot better support than what her fella could offer, I think the show demonstrated that alcoholics need the right support at home as much as the detox centres and NHS support..
     
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    Amazing documentary - so moving. Louis' "interview" techniques are just superb.
     
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    Grim is the right word to describe this show. I didn't see much - possibly anything - that suggests the people suffering from alcoholism in this documentary will ever find redemption/salvation, which is a sin.

    The 'man' using the French woman for comfort and convenience seems like utter, utter scum. You need to cut people like him out of your life before you can tackle your dependence on alcohol. Hope they all recover though.
     
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    This was really powerful stuff and it's brilliant how well Theroux's style suited the subject matter. Never judgemental (even the French woman's ******** boyfriend wasn't shouted down despite the appauling things he said), always getting emotional answers but never sugar-coating the people he meets.

    Does anyone know when his scientology doc is being released?
     
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    Don't think there's a release date yet. It was shown at the Tribeca festival last month, but that's about it I think.
    It's a shame - I'm looking forward to seeing it. He's the best doc-maker around at the moment, better than Michael Moore, IMO.
     
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    It'll probably be on BBC2 at some point seeing as BBC Films are involved
     
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    Really hope so. After hearing about all the loopholes Sky had to jump through for the Alex Gibney doc Going Clear, I hope the BBC legal team are one step ahead of the Scientologists.
     
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    His second UK based doc is on next Sunday (15th May) at 9pm on BBC2 ...
     
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    Although I knew alcohol can't effect people from all walks of life how it kills you was quite eye opening, the chap being 'drained' Jesus.
     
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    New doc tomorrow at 9pm ...
    Facebook post yesterday ...
    linking to this trade article ...
    Dutch trailer ...

    Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie [TRAILER NL]


    'Lewis' is a lot calmer than John Sweeney :D
     
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    I caught that bit again last night as there was a signed repeat. I think I'd managed to blot that bit from my memory. The bit where they sniffed the drained fluid got me.

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    And Louis had to ask what we were all thinking, was it pee?
    - I forgot what it was he or the nurse said it smelled of after taking a sniff ... what was it?
     
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    I think they said it didn't have much of an odour. Certainly they were able to get close up.

    Bri
     
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    As you said many posts ago it was that French (half-Cameroonian?) woman's story that was so sad. I remember her name being Orélie because her nasty **** of a boyfriend repeatedly and arrogantly mispronounced it O'Reilly.
     
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    She was the one who touched me the most. Partly because of her boyfriend but mainly because of her unwillingness or inability to stop drinking at all. The others were able to give up for longish periods of time which improved their general health and chances of surviving. According to the doctor her liver was about to give up on her. I can only hope that the broadcast of this may have helped her resolve to help herself. A followup to this to see how they got on would be something I would like to see.

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    I'm working from memory from my first viewing but one thing about Orerlie is that she only drinks cider. Granted it was around 8 cans of super strength cider a day. I think most of us think of alcoholics as people who drink at least half a bottle of whisky or vodka every day. In reality any regular use of alcohol could cause you great damage. I was in a couple of pubs in Newcastle on Tuesday and they had some very strong beers on sale. The worst was 14% and several were around 8%.

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    She was drinking K cider, which I recall being briefly popular in my first year at university, 25 years ago
     
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    Yep, and girls were knocking a few back, whilst we boys were on Newcastle Brown pretending we loved it.
     
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    I drank Newcastle Brown once at a party around 40 years ago. It was foul and gave me really bad wind. Never again.

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    I've just watched A Different Brain. Heartbreaking at times. I have to say I'm still gathering my thoughts at the moment.

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    Oh my, that show would bring a tear to a glass eye.

    The individual story that struck me was the family who's mum fell of a horse so sad.
     
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    Yes that was tragic. She was together enough to be aware of the resentment against her within the family. The strain between her and her husband was all too obvious.

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