• FILM REVIEW •
LET YOUR FILM DO THE TALKING
directed by Andre Siqueira
Starting with a gripping and very accurate quote, "Memories" deals with the poignant confrontation of overcoming the loss of a dear one using a compelling approach towards structuring such a story.
The opportunity of using mostly handheld camera technique from the very beginning gives the viewers a feeling of unbalance, being driven along with the main character. Also, this way of filming establishes the fact that the movement and angles of the camera are the only ones that should be followed, so you don't get to focus on trivial details.
Even if at times the movement seems a little too fast or shaky, this characteristic is suitable in this context, conserving the story's atmosphere. Moreover, it also helps the process of editing a lot so that it flows harmoniously. The film doesn't have a structure like "Memento" (2000, dir. Christopher Nolan), not being too misleading to make you lose the continuity or the logic of the plot and that's rewarding when juggling with multiple storylines and concepts. For example, the red light insertions also work perfectly fine as a voice-over guide in converging the structure, giving meaning to past images, hence giving viewers a better understanding of the action development.
When it comes to sound, the soundtrack perfectly emphasises the mood of the scenes, adding a more mysterious and dramatic note to the movie's whole atmosphere. The recorder sound of some scenes seems a little odd, like the one when the female character enters the apartment. It may be a desired surreal effect, but it sounds broken, having an offbeat reverb.
Besides the given structure, some scenes seem like they don't belong, and this doesn't necessarily help in the evolution of the plot. The intro, till the phone call, is perhaps unnecessary. Viewers understand right off the bat what the character's state of mind is and what her intentions are. The length is not problematic, but some fragments could have been compressed, and the story would still be understandable.
We didn't expect to observe the accident scene as being so visually compelling. It's excellent that this episode was also explained and had a decent amount of images from the accident. It's not recommended for the light-hearted, but arousing enough for the more curious ones. This heartbreaking scene comes in the second half of the film, where, till that very point, emotion and empathy toward the main character reach high values, so a moment like this is much welcomed.
All in all, this film has an exciting and well-constructed composition, and it reaches the emotional side of the audience, also dosing the information at the right amount for the plot to be fully comprehended.