An American is found naked and amnesiac in a vacant parking lot in Montreal in 1998. He says his name is James Brighton, but the only thing he's sure of is that he's gay.
Inspired by true events, Amnesie: L’Enigme James Brighton tells the story of James Brighton, an American man found naked in a Montreal parking lot with no memory of who he is besides his name, and the fact that he is gay.
A gay advocacy group launches a campaign to track down James’ identity, and police administer numerous medical tests to uncover the root of his amnesia but after three months, there is no information either on James’ identity, or on the cause of his memory loss. Finally, a family from Tennessee recognizes James’ face from the media and comes forward claim him — except his name isn’t James Brighton, it’s Matthew Honeycutt. The young man was soon arrested for committing fraud by faking his amnesia, but many remain uncertain about the truth behind Honeycutt’s claims.
A year later, fascinated by the case, a student in criminology named Sylvie begins to study it, only to discover that even her own identity is becoming elusive.