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Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. A meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The most vivid strand of "Photographic Memory" is Mr. McElwee's changing relationship with his son, Adrian, now in his 20s.
Fresh: Filmmaker Ross McElee continues his obsessive self-reflection in this entertaining meditation on aging and memory.
Fresh: Proves a bracing and sometimes uncomfortable peek into private fears and regrets about mortality and missed opportunities.
Fresh: Some might characterize what filmmaker Ross McElwee does as navel-gazing. But in the hands of this veteran documentarian, that which might be self-indulgent egomania from a lesser artist is often the stuff of quiet revelation.
A wonderful film!!!
If you have never seen a Ross McElwee film before…. I implore you!! Yes, Sherman's March and Bright Leaves , to name the other 2 I have seen, are truly magnificent films and extremely funny and daring. McElwee is really a genius, but like any good book or anything in life, sometimes you have to grow to appreciate and have a little patience!!