Coming to select theatres and to VOD today, Tuesday, November 7:
CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY
Santa Barbara 2017
Big Sky Doc, Sidewalk, Newport Beach, Rome, Woods Hole
A man survives a freak electrocution.
While hiking in a remote stretch of Montana wilderness, Eduardo Garcia, a promising young chef, came across a bear carcass. Curious to see what happened, he made contact with the bear, only to have 2400 volts pass through his body because the animal was unexpectedly electrically charged due to some freak accident. Remarkably, Garcia was able to stagger out of the woods and find help, eventually undergoing more than 20 surgeries, losing multiple ribs, muscle mass, his hand, and part of his arm – and more bad news was to come. Baribeau retells this story, as Eduardo’s ex-girlfriend Jen becomes his caretaker and helps him through the challenging recovery and rehabilitation. While the film has a tendency to take on a bit too much – a thread involving Jen’s bid to pursue comedy, for example, just doesn’t belong here – both Eduardo and Jen are appealing figures, and demonstrate an uncanny ability to face a difficult situation with hope rather than despondency.