Parents' Guide to

Memory

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Compassionate romance addresses mental illness, abuse.

Movie R 2023 100 minutes
Memory Movie Poster: Saul (Peter Sarsgaard), who wears a wet T-shirt, sits in a tub next to Sylvia (Jessica Chastain), holding her head in his hands and touching their foreheads together

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It may feel like an unlikely story, but Michel Franco's elegant, clear-eyed direction and fine performances all around make this romantic drama a surprisingly absorbing experience. A movie about abuse, alcoholism, and dementia might seem like a chore. It certainly wouldn't promise warmth and hope, but that's exactly what happens in Memory: Two broken people find each other at exactly the right time. Writer/director Franco's wide, largely unmoving, and delicately composed frames somehow zero in on character emotions, even when the performers are underplaying (which they are most of the time). Like the filmmaker's previous film, Sundown, this one deals with a character existing outside of time, on his own terms, which allows for a much slower, more curious approach to the storytelling. It generates compassion, too, and ultimately Memory is a beautiful little movie.

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