Ross McElwee
United States, France, 84 min

Adrian is an adolescent now. He loves extreme sports, but he also is gifted with an outstanding artistic instinct which drives him to experiment with art and film. His father though, who has filmed him since when he was a little baby, misses the moments of complicity and tenderness that they shared when his son was a child. Trying to give room to his son, McElwee decides to set off for France…

Adrian is growing up, he is an adolescent now. He loves extreme sports, but he also is gifted with an outstanding artistic instinct which drives him to experiment with art and film. His father though, who has filmed him since when he was a little baby, misses the moments of complicity and tenderness that they shared when his son was a child. Moreover, he is worried because the boy is constantly on the Internet and is wandering away from real people. Trying to give room to his son, who is shutting everyone out of his life, McElwee decides to go back to St. Quay Portrieux, Brittany, France, where he had once worked as assistant to Maurice, a photographer and jazz lover, who one day had brutally fired him without cause. With the sole help of a few clues of photographic memory, the filmmaker watches a piece of life that he had filed away maybe for the last time. In the meanwhile, Adrian tries to find his way. Photographic memory fades away, pushed by the pressure of the present and of life. Photographic Memory is an elegy of memory clashing with the present.

Giona A. Nazzaro

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Duration
84 min
Year
2011
Country
United States, France
Section
Atelier Ross McElwee
Languages
English, French
Subtitles
French, English
Production
Ross McElweeMarie-Emmanuelle HartnessEllena Eric

Atelier Ross McElwee

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