The Netflix film The Lost Patient (original title: Le Patient) is a French psychological thriller that follows Thomas as he wakes up in a hospital from a three-year coma. The 19-year-old has no memory of his past and learns that his family has been brutally murdered, with the exception of his sister Laura, who has disappeared. In order to solve the mystery of his parents’ death and to find his siblings, Thomas teams up with his psychologist Anna. But the deeper they dig, they uncover several chilling revelations that change the course of events.
Christopher Charrier’s directorial work is based on the comic of the same name by Timothé Le Boucher and captivates the viewer with its exciting story until the end. Now if you’re looking for similar recommendations with both psychological and neo-noir elements, we’ve put together the perfect list for you. You can find most of these films, such as The Lost Patient, on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime!
8. Unknown (2011)
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Unknown is an action thriller that follows Martin Harris who is involved in an accident while on a work trip to Berlin. Waking up from the coma four days later, he discovers his wife with another man who has assumed his identity. When he learns that she is working with an international terrorist organization intent on stealing a scientist’s groundbreaking research, Martin teams up with a young taxi driver named Gina to take her down.
Although the memory loss aspect is absent here, the basic premise is similar to The Lost Patient. Like Thomas, Martin wakes up from a coma in a hospital and tries to understand what happened to him. In addition, both protagonists find allies in the women around them; the former is supported by his psychologist, while a taxi driver helps the latter. Despite their different ways of investigating their situations, Thomas and Martin eventually find that people close to them have unexpectedly betrayed them.
7. Secret Obsession (2019)
‘Secret Obsession’, directed by Peter Sullivan, is a psychological thriller that centers on Jennifer, who suffers from amnesia following a car accident. When she opens her eyes in the hospital, a man named Russell claims to be her husband and shows her pictures from her past life. While he cares for her like a loving husband, Jennifer soon realizes he is not who he says he is when she receives flashes of her lost memories. Now she must uncover Russell’s true identity and intentions to save herself.
Unlike The Lost Patient, the film starring Brenda Song has a female protagonist. But what connects Jennifer and Thomas is how they are manipulated by the people they confide in. Russell and Anna initially appear to be their benefactors, but soon the protagonists discover that not everything is as rosy as they make it out to be. Additionally, both films create a sense of confusion that keeps the viewer hooked until the final revelation.
6. Before I Go to Sleep (2004)
Also directed by Rowan Joffé, Before I Go To Sleep explores tropes of memory loss and suspense similar to The Lost Patient. The psychological mystery thriller follows Christine, who has lost her memories of her past life after being involved in a car accident. While a man named Ben claims to be her husband and lives with her, her psychologist tells her a different version of what happened. Confused about who to believe, the woman begins to explore her past.
In each film, the protagonists have no source of information other than the people they see upon waking from their unconsciousness. But when the narrative they so sincerely trust begins to crack, they are at odds over who is telling the truth. And just as Thomas is looking for his sister in the French film, Christine is looking for her son, who she thought was dead. Despite their differences, viewers will find many similarities in both films.
5. The Girl on the Train (2016)
Directed by Tate Taylor, psychological mystery thriller The Girl on the Train follows Rachel, a recovering alcoholic who becomes fixated on the life of her former neighbors Scott and Megan. When the latter suddenly disappears one day, she begins her investigations and has to deal with her difficult past. There are some similarities between the film starring Emily Blunt and The Lost Patient.
First, the central theme in both films is the distortion of one’s memories due to trauma. Second, protagonists Rachel and Thomas investigate missing persons and murders, gradually leading them to shocking revelations about themselves. And finally, the people responsible for their situation are ones that neither they nor the audience can imagine, so the mystery is kept until the last act.
4. Fractured (2019)
Featuring a strange hospital run by shady doctors and a protagonist trying to unravel his complicated past, Brad Anderson’s Fractured tops this list. The psychological thriller follows Ray’s search for his wife and daughter after he regains consciousness in a spooky hospital and discovers that they have disappeared. As he searches for them, he becomes convinced that the hospital management is hiding dark secrets, and he races against time to unravel the mystery.
Although Ray’s character arc differs from Thomas’s in The Lost Patient, both are desperate to know what happened to their families. Also, her distrust of those around her drives her to take drastic action, leading to explosive revelations for the viewer. Also, Ray doesn’t suffer from amnesia like Thomas, but his memories play with him, leaving him in a dazed state.
3. Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island, another directorial work by Christopher Nolan, takes the psychological thriller genre to a new level with its head-splitting ending. The film follows US Marshals Teddy and Chuck as they investigate the disappearance of a patient from a mysterious asylum on an island. Once there, Teddy discovers a sinister plot, said to be connected to his wife’s death, that leads him into the darkest corners of his mind.
Both Shutter Island and The Lost Patient play on the theme of memory distortion triggered by a tragic event that haunts the protagonists in the present. In addition, they show how the truth is denied in order to overcome the trauma, leading to a psychological spiral in the main characters. In addition, the people around Teddy and Thomas influence their delusions, leading to different consequences for the two.
2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
Directed by David Lynch, Mulholland Drive is a neo-noir crime thriller about Betty, an aspiring actress who meets Rita, an amnesiac. The two team up to regain Rita’s memory and travel the city in search of clues. But the deeper Betty delved into Rita’s story, the more blurred the line between reality and surrealism became for her. The cult film differs from The Lost Patient in terms of setting and treatment, but the fusion of truth and fantasy makes them eerily similar. Also, both leave the viewer in the dark about what to believe.
1. Memento (2000)
Director Christopher Nolan is considered an expert on the psychological thriller genre, and Memento is a fitting example. He follows Leonard, a man with anterograde amnesia, after an assassination attempt that killed his wife and lost his memories. Unable to remember recent events, he uses tattoos to track down those responsible and get revenge.
Aside from suffering from amnesia, the main characters in Memento and The Lost Patient have suffered a tragic loss and want to know who murdered their loved ones. However, this leads them down dark paths, where they are also betrayed by their confidants.