The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Synopsis: The story begins on Louis Drax's 9th birthday, when a lifetime of curious mishaps culminates in the boy's near-fatal fall. Desperate to reveal the strange circumstances behind the young boy's accident and dark coincidences that have plagued his entire life, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery that explores the nature of the sixth sense, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Alexandre Aja
Production: Lionsgate's Summit Premiere and Miramax
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min


Everyone said that one day

I was going to have an accident.

An accident to end all accidents.

One day, you might look up

and see a kid falling from the sky.

That kid would be me.

I'm Louis Drax,

the amazing accident-prone boy.

My first accident was being born.

It happened like Julius Caesar.

They stab the lady with the knife

till her belly pops,

and then they yank you out,

all covered in blood.

It's okay, you're doing great.

Looks like the baby's breech.

We're going to have to do a C-section.

Even if you live to 100 years old,

you don't get over something like that.

The second accident, I was 16 weeks old.

My mom still has the X-rays.

My cute little baby ribs

all broken and smashed.

I've been bitten by spiders,

stung by bees,

and 85% electrocuted.

That hardly happens to anyone,

but it happened to me.

I've gotten food poisoning

a bunch of times.

Salmonella and tetanus and botulism

and meningitis are just

some of the things I've had.

Last winter, I screamed so hard

I stopped breathing

for nine and a half minutes.

On my ninth birthday,

we went for a picnic,

Mom and Dad and me and we were all happy,

like... like we might

love each other again.

Like there wasn't

going to be a monster without a face,

like I wasn't going to have

the accident to end all accidents.

My mom says I'm an angel.

You know, Louis,

they say cats have nine lives.

Their souls cling to their bodies

and won't let go.

If you were a cat, you'd have used up

eight of your lives by now.

One for each year.

Please don't use up any more.

Everything feels cold.

Am I dead?

This is your ninth life, young sir.

Together, we'll solve the mystery,

the strange mystery

of the amazing accident-prone boy.

We need about a 20 foot radius...

Two hitchhikers found the victim's

mother by the roadside, called it in.

I gotta tell you, Dalton, it's going to be

hard to salvage anything in this weather.

Footprints are being washed away.

We'll keep trying

but we're not getting much.

- Any word on the father?

- Not yet.

We've deployed a search team

and sent out a statewide APB.

Go, go, go!

- What about the boy?

- That's what the chopper's for.

We're bringing him up now.

Over here!

- Keep him straight!

- Right!

Bring him up!

I've been here almost two hours!

Can't I get something for the pain?

- Sir, please calm down!

- Move, move, move!

We need help over here!

They've warmed him up, still no vitals!

Pupils fixed and dilated.

- I'm sorry.

- Discontinue the CPR.

- I don't want to leave him!

- It's all right, ma'am.

I don't want to leave him!

- Please, I want to go to him!

- No carotid pulse.

I don't want to be away from him.

- Time of death is 19:55.

- I want to go to him! Louis!

I used to sleepwalk as a child.

The first time

I was four or five years old

and my mother found me under the bed,

and she asked me what I was looking for.

And I said, "It."

Now I was to search

for this unidentifiable "It"

in my sleep,

on later occasions: in the backyard,

or the neighbor's yard,

or the nudist beach

not far from my childhood home.

But my experiences

as a child never left me,

however blurred the memories became.

I still yearned for that lost dimension.

You see, I believe that the brain

is more than the sum of its parts.

And that all of us, no matter how damaged,

can make connections.

Move, move, move!

Drax coming through!

Please alert trauma surgeon!

Go, go, go!

Blood pressure 90 over 16.

Ninety-five on oxygen.

Thank you.


Cardiovascularly stable.

Making an effort to breathe.

Dr. Pascal? Sorry to interrupt.

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Max Minghella

Max Giorgio Choa Minghella (born 16 September 1985) is an English actor and screenwriter. He has appeared in several American films, making his debut in Bee Season (2005) before starring in Art School Confidential (2006), The Social Network (2010) and The Internship (2013). Minghella currently stars as Nick Blaine in the Hulu drama series The Handmaid's Tale. more…

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