Moment Of Impact

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

What happens after the medical miracle that snatches life from the jaws of death? Ten years ago, Julia Loktev's father Leonid, a Russian émigré living in suburban Loveland, Colorado, was hit by a car and suffered massive brain injuries. After months in a coma he awoke, but was no longer the man he had been: Nearly speechless and unable to walk, he left...read more

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What happens after the medical miracle that snatches life from the jaws of death? Ten years ago, Julia Loktev's father Leonid, a Russian émigré living in suburban Loveland, Colorado, was hit by a car and suffered massive brain injuries. After months in a

coma he awoke, but was no longer the man he had been: Nearly speechless and unable to walk, he left the hospital as dependant as a baby, locked away in his damaged mind and recalcitrant flesh. Loktev's leisurely, poetic and intensely personal documentary examines the way her family's life changed

in the wake of the accident, and attempts to deal with the larger issues raised by modern medicine's ability to prolong life. The brunt of Leonid's care falls to his wife Larissa, a computer programmer until caring for her husband catapulted her back into the house and a bitter parody of full-time

motherhood. Loktev's film occasionally touches on profoundly troubling moral issues: Larissa, for example, confesses to her daughter's probing camera that Leonid once said he'd rather die than live in such a diminished state. "But it's easier to say than to do," she concludes brusquely. Over all,

Larissa comes off like a champ: Intelligent, slyly funny and brutally practical, Larissa's life has changed as dramatically as Leonid's. Sure she still has her health, but it's seeping away in the service of the frustratingly unresponsive Leonid's care. Julia is another story: An insensitive and

supremely self-centered whiner, she seems to take her father's silence as a personal affront and badgers her mother to tears. She may deserve credit for not casting herself in a flattering light, but you still want to cheer Leonid when he swats obstinately at her intrusive microphone. Behind every

image, though, lurks an icy truth: Anyone's life can change irrevocably in a moment.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: What happens after the medical miracle that snatches life from the jaws of death? Ten years ago, Julia Loktev's father Leonid, a Russian émigré living in suburban Loveland, Colorado, was hit by a car and suffered massive brain injuries. After months in a… (more)

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