Regarding Henry


I don’t know how I could have missed this DVD all these years, but I’m glad to have found it and watched Annette Bening as she was like more than two decades ago.

Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) was shot three times by a robber at a convenience store and the bullet to the head caused excessive internal bleeding and cardiac arrest. As a result, he suffered anoxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain), and he wasn’t able to speak or move or remember. The rehabilitation process would take a long time and his wife Sarah (Annette Bening) and daughter Rachel (Mikki Allen) are faced with the challenge of building their relationships and beginning anew.

Henry only recognises Rachel when she helps him tie his shoe lace at the rehabilitation centre and mentions the gray carpet at home. He does not recognise his home and keeps exclaiming “Wow” (because it’s a humongous and luxurious place), though he claims he ‘remembers the smell’. He learns to read again, with Rachel’s help. And when she’s scared about going away to boarding school, he reassures her by saying how scared he was when he first went to school although he didn’t remember his school at all.

He asked Sarah how they met; finds out that she was attracted by his confidence and knew that she had met the man she was going to marry the first time he spoke to her.

At the law firm’s annual event to which they were invited, Henry overhears guests speaking unfavourably of him, even calling him an imbecile who gets paid for doing nothing at the office. He gets depressed and refuses to go to work anymore. Later, he also discovers that Sarah had an affair with his legal partner and becomes angry and goes to office for a confrontation, leaving in a huff but ending up at the Ritz-Carlton. A female colleague followed him and tells him how they were having an affair and that he was going to leave Sarah for her before the accident.

Henry decides he does not want to a lawyer anymore, especially when he realises what unethical practices had been going on in their legal cases too. He goes to school with Sarah to take Rachel home. Together, they discover that a second chance at life is a second chance at love.

A bonus is the vocals of Bobby McFerrin and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 in C Major.

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