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Nov. 22nd, 2006 | 08:28 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
music: Muse - Starlight

I watched this film on the weekend. It was better than I expected! So I want to share the experience.

The movie is about a man who has no short-term memory, due to brain damage. The movie is shown backwards from the end to the start, so the viewer can be in his situation. Throughout the movie, you don't know what has happened just before. The only information you have is what's available to him (and what will happen in his future too).

To cope with his condition he takes pictures and writes notes on them. These notes are all the memory he has, apart from memories remaining from before the brain damage.

What makes the film really interesting is that both he and the viewer never know where the notes came from. All you know is that he wrote them (since they are in his hand-writing). The question always remains of why he wrote that particular note.

As I was watching, one thought which occurred to me is that all of our memories are like those photos and notes. We don't have access to the actual events which led to us making our memories. All we have is the memories themselves. In a sense, we are like him, living from pictures and notes we make as we live our lives. And we are very much at the mercy of our own accuracy in making those notes about what has happened in our lives.

A film definitely worth watching..

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