By Julie D. Griffin
She somehow finds a way, with the help of her father and other family members to live with a mental and physical condition which much like P.T.S.D. forges a memory loss within which finds her the recipient of living the same day, day after day. And also much like a person who can only go around some certain people, as any person who a shadow of a person or event of the past evil, especially if it is still being instituted as an ongoing process ~ The one and for whom the weight of heavy trauma after a violation of a boundary, a lifetime rests as the encompass of the dilemna and still the face of the criminal who harmed them as forever unforgettable. As the memory loss of Lucy (Drew Barrymore) with the sunrise of each new day, and also, much like P.T.S.D., if an area of her psyche healed one day, the warm love of that day only matters for the moment, as the sun will come up tomorrow with her complete memory loss of everything that happened since that very day of trauma. And without her boyfriend playing a recording of what they did together or showing her a photograph by still life or film media, she no more remembers those details than where she put the new mascara she bought yesterday. This is why some write. Because some purposeful evidence of the violence from that day forward works as a memory landmark, or as with the case of Lucy, brain damage resulting from an auto accident has stolen her long term memory, and every day for the rest of her life, she recalls only that which her subconscience recorded for her conscience up until the day of the traumatic physical and therefore psychological incident, but only momentarily remembers all else. Therefore, neither any amount of criticism nor the psychotherapy of others will ever heal the condition.
So just as for the loved one of one who with P.T.S.D. wakes up and relives that same day over and over, Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) an eligible bachelor on the island finds out that he must re-enact his love for Lucy who with a similar condition, known as Goldstein's Syndrome, must love her the same way every day for the rest of her life, or more specifically, because since he was not a part of the day of trauma she fails to remember him as that positive part of her life, as he was not present in her life leading up to the day of trauma as well. At first, Henry does not know what is going on, and just as others before him think she is playing hard to get, Lucy however is not playing anything. She just does no longer have the intelligent capacity she once had to get it. Her daily life, a simple rehearsal of what must remain the same forever, Henry spends hours using his mind to figure her out. Once he finally makes friends with her father, the family who once shielded her, due to the need to protect her from all further serious and dangerous life trauma, he does find how they stage her daily life for and around her. As she fought during her hospital stay after the near death incident to survive and maintain even a semblence of the shred of what was once herself, once the doctors informed the family that at best the whole life of Lucy would have to remain a fantasy prop around her, even Lucy came to the place where she too finally accepted the fact that the haphazard, uncaring vessel of a vehicle over which she had no control had changed her whole entire life forever. As a result, she would never be the same again.
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby ~ Connie Talbot