Next screening: Memento (2000)

Directed by:  Christopher Nolan

Written by: Christopher and Jonathan Nolan

Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Leonard is an insurance investigator whose memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife’s murder. His quality of life has been severely hampered after this event, and he can now only live a comprehendable life by tattooing notes on himself and taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera. The movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to come that compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters. Leonard badly wants revenge for his wife’s murder, but, as numerous characters explain, there may be little point if he won’t remember it in order to provide closure for him. The movie veers between these future occurrences and a telephone conversation Leonard is having in his motel room in which he compares his current state to that of a client whose claim he once dealt with.

“Memento” is based on Jonathan Nolan’s short story,  “Memento Mori”

It has probably provoked more philosophical discussion than any other movie since “The Matrix”, and you can find some examples of it here, here and here.

Also, check out the reviews by Ebert and Howe.

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