One night out of nowhere Lotje Sodderland ends up in the hospital because of a stroke. The film takes you on Lotjes journey of recovering with all it’s ups and downs.
This film made me so sad, and I didn’t really know why. Lotje shows herself as such a beautiful, strong, happy and optimistic woman. In the end I think what made me sad was the fact that she didn’t deserve to go through all that. But then again, nobody does. I could feel her struggle with finding words, writing and even reading. Every time she couldn’t find the words for something all I wanted to do was help her.
This is such a strong movie and it gave me the time to reflect on the fact that these things happen as well, having a stroke is a something so big for the people who have them and the people around those people. You never really hear anything about it though and this documentary gives us the opportunity to reflect on it, to think about it and to understand.
I really enjoyed the footage that Lotje filmed herself, it made it so much more personal. I think the way they brought the colours into the footage was great as well, first I thought “This probably isn’t what Lotje is really seeing” but then I thought, maybe it is. She had a say I everything, she is one of the directors, so she must have told and explained how everything looked and felt. That made me feel so much closer and it helped me understand even better. You became part of the experience.
Although I sometimes didn’t really understand the medical terms, or the things the doctors where saying, I learned so much from this documentary. I think everyone should watch it, interested in the brain or in people who recover from strokes or not, it is worth it.