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I Remember Me

In 1995 filmmaker Kim Snyder came down with severe flulike symptoms later diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, and she began work on this documentary (2000, 74 min.) while still plagued by the illness. Her emotional stake in explaining the mysterious disease personalizes this study of CFS, whose talking heads include both medical experts and sufferers past (elderly ladies in a Florida town) and present (director Blake Edwards, soccer sensation Michelle Akers). Snyder documents the exasperated physicians, the ineffectual treatments, and the fear and frustration of the afflicted, and while the film could be tighter (its story of a bedridden teen dragging himself to his high school graduation is more ghoulish than celebratory), its poignance and urgency are undeniable. Jazz great Keith Jarrett, another CFS patient, wrote the score.

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