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The Possibilities Are Endless Review

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Left virtually speechless by a catastrophic stroke, former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins' long recuperation and subsequent artistic renaissance is charted via archive footage and reconstructions by Grace Maxwell and James Hall's documentary.

★★★★

In 2005, Orange Juice frontman/A Girl Like You solo artist Edwyn Collins suffered double cerebral haemorrhages that left him comatose, then unable to read, write or speak more than four phrases: “yes”, “no”, “Grace Maxwell” (his wife) and “the possibilities are endless”. Cleverly, reflecting Collins’ improving condition, Hall and Lovelace’s film starts as an abstract collage of memories, then gets into more conventional territory charting his life with Maxwell and his journey back to gigging. The result is innovative, funny and ultimately touching.

An emotional journey following an artist and man of substance.

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