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Memento

Memento
  • 2000
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Beginning where most other films would end with an act of vengeance, writer-director Nolan tells his story by gradually working backwards in time. Leonard Shelby (Pearce) is obsessed with avenging his wife's rape and murder. Trouble is Leonard suffers from a condition of short-term memory loss, and so he relies on an elaborate system of mementoes – maps, polaroids, body tattoos - to piece together the clues in his investigation. A compelling, elliptical reconstruction of the revenge thriller, which skilfully examines the connections between memory, identity and perception.

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