Netflix Picks Up ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’ Documentary from David Lynch

Film to debut globally on streaming service March 18

Netflix will debut “My Beautiful Broken Brain,” a documentary about a woman’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury from executive producer David Lynch, globally on the service March 18.

The documentary film details the experience of Dutch-French filmmaker Lotje Sodderland, after she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and embarks on a journey of rehabilitation and recovery. The film was co-directed by Sophie Robinson and Sodderland and exec produced by Lynch and Michael Houldey. “My Beautiful Broken Brain” is an official selection of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival

“I am thrilled to join Lotje and Sophie in sharing ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’ with the world,” David Lynch said in a statement. “The brain is truly fascinating, and much in the way that our brains are able to achieve total coherence — finding enlightenment and fulfillment — you will surely be moved and inspired by this journey of self-rediscovery.”

In “My Beautiful Broken Brain,” Sodderland finds herself bereft of language and logic, fighting not to be defined by her limitations but by the possibilities of life. The film documents the consequences of a first-time neurological experiment for Sodderland through to the extraordinary revelations of her altered sensory perception.

The film is the latest addition to Netflix’s steadily growing and critically acclaimed documentary lineup. Two of the company’s original docus — “What Happened Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” — received Academy Awards nominations this year, making the third straight year Netflix has been nominated in the category. Netflix’s docu-series “Making a Murderer,” released in December, has spawned new interest and headlines about the case of Steven Avery, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of a Wisconsin woman.

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  1. We remember when we first saw the sneak-peek or the mini trailer for this, and we have been ecstatic since then. Not only is it supposed to be intensely emotional and gripping, but it takes a surprisingly-educational look into the brain and many of its fascinating features and complex aspects. Score one for Netflix.

  2. M. L. McArthur says:

    I am a 41 year old male. In utah. 1 year ago i had my second open heart surgery to replace another valve my mytrial valve. Due to a blood infection from a tooth. Immediately following the surgery i had a stroke. I experienced other worldly seens, and strange things. With a hightened visual, and extreme auditory events. I have nearly fully recovered like this girl in this. sjow

  3. Lily says:

    Oh my goodness! So beautiful and sweet, can’t wait to watch it :) what a strong girl. God has certainly blessed her :)

    • Ben Stern says:

      Why do you say God blessed her ? He seems to have cursed her first (or forgotten to protect her from the start.) Blessing her after a life-threatening event is pretty useless.

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