This movie was very moving. Patients who had been in catatonia for many years could finally come back to life thanks to L-dope. Seeing Leonard’s reaction when he saw his mother was priceless. He had so many hopes and dreams, he appreciated the smallest things. Even when the side effects appeared, he still believed that Dr. Sawyer would find a medicine that would help all the patients. I think Rilke’s poem refers to patients who are prisoners of their bodies, illness and the hospital, just like the panther behind bars.
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