Memento (2000) dir. Christopher Nolan
Venue: Chadwick Building B05
(Tickets for the in-person screening can be booked at https://book.uclfilm.com/ )
Nolan’s neo-noir puzzle box (nominated for two Academy Awards) plays like one of the key artworks of the 21st century, predicting an era where reality is more a personal, selective construct of comforting biases than a widely agreed-upon set of facts.
The hero of Memento is Leonard Shelby, a ‘freak’ whose short-term memory loss had led him to piece together clues in a murder mystery out of Polaroids and tattoos, certain that his system will yield the truth about his wife’s death. His certainty is a mistake. His system is being contaminated, not least by himself.
Completely dropping any sign of a linear story or framework, the film goes off the rails in the finest way possible, culminating in a film that is funny, powerful, saddening, and wonderfully cinematic.
“Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts.”
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