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Memento (2000)

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Coming Out at 11 October 2000 in theaters

Mystery, Thriller

Memento is neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. The film’s script was based on a pitch by Jonathan Nolan, who later wrote the story “Memento Mori” from the concept. Guy Pearce stars as a man who, as a result of an injury, has anterograde amnesia (the inability to form new memories) and has short-term memory loss approximately every fifteen minutes. He is searching for the people who attacked him and killed his wife, using an intricate system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos to track information he cannot remember.

The film is presented as two different sequences of scenes interspersed during the film: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order (simulating for the audience the mental state of the protagonist). The two sequences meet at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.

Memento premiered at the 57th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2000, and was released in the United States on March 16, 2001. It was acclaimed by critics, who praised its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception, and earned $39.7 million over a $4.5 million budget. Memento received numerous accolades, including Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The film is now widely regarded as one of Nolan’s finest works and one of the best films of the 2000s. In 2017 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Russ Fega, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky

Cast:

Guy PearceLeonard
Carrie-Anne MossNatalie
Joe PantolianoTeddy
Mark Boone JuniorBurt
Russ FegaWaiter
Jorja FoxLeonard’s Wife
Stephen TobolowskySammy Jankis
Harriet Sansom HarrisMrs. Jankis
Thomas LennonDoctor
Callum Keith RennieDodd
Kimberly CampbellBlonde
Marianne MuellerleileTattooist
Larry HoldenJimmy
Buzz ViscontiMotel Guest

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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