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  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 2: Louis Theroux: Life and Death in LA: Edge of Life

Summary

Louis explores the American attitude to death as he visits Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in West Hollywood, where he meets people battling against serious illnesses. He talks to patients and their families as they face whether to accept death and die in relative comfort, or to gamble on further, possibly painful treatments to prolong their lives, and meets the doctors whose job it is to guide people through the traumatic process.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of Louis Theroux’s toughest and most thought-provoking films, first shown in 2014. We’re in the hospitals of Los Angeles with terminally ill patients. There, doctors go the extra mile to fight extreme illness, with expensive procedures and a never-say-die mindset – because the patients’ families demand it.

We meet Langston, 22, who is in a coma after a brain injury. His doctors try to explain to his family that he will never wake up, but their words fall on deaf ears. “I know he’s going to get better,” smiles his sister in the face of all medical evidence. Theroux politely and calmly asks the really hard questions and it makes for a gripping film about making your peace with death – or not.

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  • Episode 2

    Louis Theroux: Life and Death in LA: Edge of Life

    Summary

    Louis explores the American attitude to death as he visits Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in West Hollywood, where he meets people battling against serious illnesses. He talks to patients and their families as they face whether to accept death and die in relative comfort, or to gamble on further, possibly painful treatments to prolong their lives, and meets the doctors whose job it is to guide people through the traumatic process.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    This is one of Louis Theroux’s toughest and most thought-provoking films, first shown in 2014. We’re in the hospitals of Los Angeles with terminally ill patients. There, doctors go the extra mile to fight extreme illness, with expensive procedures and a never-say-die mindset – because the patients’ families demand it.

    We meet Langston, 22, who is in a coma after a brain injury. His doctors try to explain to his family that he will never wake up, but their words fall on deaf ears. “I know he’s going to get better,” smiles his sister in the face of all medical evidence. Theroux politely and calmly asks the really hard questions and it makes for a gripping film about making your peace with death – or not.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterLouis Theroux

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJamie Pickup
    ProducerJamie Pickup
    Series producerRob Farquhar
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