In the early 1970s, in front of Edouard Molinaro’s camera, Louis de Funès made France laugh in Hibernatus. This story of a man frozen in the ice at the North Pole, miraculously found alive after 65 years and who will make the big leap into the modern world.
The return to life, in a totally upset world, is also the pitch, much less comical, of Good bye Lenin! by Wolfgang Becker. When an East German woman wakes up from an 8-month coma, the Berlin Wall has fallen. His family decides to hide the end of the GDR from him and to do as before, for medical reasons.
And when reality meets fiction, it’s the story of a young Briton told by The Sun every day.
On March 1, 2020 in Burton (a town north of Birmingham), Joseph Flavill, a 19-year-old student, was hit by a car. He suffered a severe brain injury and threw himself into a coma. A coma that will last for more than ten months. Ten months in which life on the entire planet was shaken by what was still called, when the student was killed, “the Chinese virus”.
Twice positive for Covid
So how do you explain to someone the crazy ten months that have just passed between the inclusions, the race for masks and then for vaccines, the emergence of varieties? A real chaos that has already claimed more than 2.2 million victims worldwide, including more than 100,000 in the UK.
Especially since the young man must learn to live in a world dominated by Covid-19. According to The StaffordshireLive, Joseph Flavill even got it twice. The first time he was in a coma when he woke up.
If he recovers, the restrictive measures in force in a limited UK mean that only his mother has been allowed to visit him on his 19th birthday. Contacts with family and friends are created only through embedded screens. Relatives who do not really know how to explain this pandemic that the world continues to experience.