MEMORY – Review by Diane Carson

The trauma of a child’s sexual abuse is monumental, deserving serious, in-depth consideration. So too the issue of early onset dementia, expressed in real life in diverse ways from day to day. That Memory tackles these significant challenges is admirable, but to then treat them as casual plot points is immensely disappointing and frustrating. The superb performances, contrasting in tone, by Jessica Chastain as Sylvia and Peter Sarsgaard as Saul deserve a much better script, one that would illuminate without histrionics and explain without contrived reveals. Memory is streaming on several platforms.

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MEMORY (TIFF 2023) – Review by Liz Braun

The relationship between two broken souls is what Memory investigates, and it’s not always easy to understand — or watch. There are devastating scenes about earlier childhood trauma and the unflinching camera means you may find yourself holding your breath during certain scenes. What distinguishes Memory are the performances from Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard, both of whom are emotionally naked throughout and riveting here.

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SUNDOWN – Review by Diane Carson

Sundown offers a painstaking character study with family dynamics. How does any writer/director cinematically dramatize the life of a middle-aged man, ensnared in ennui, relatively emotionless? That’s the challenge Michel Franco confronts in Sundown. Well, first, to infuse interest, he locates the wealthy British family on vacation at an upscale Acapulco resort, though the sun-drenched beaches and the infinity pool contrast strikingly with the Bennetts’ inertia.

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