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Memory Box

2021 1h 42m Drama List
93% Tomatometer 29 Reviews
On Christmas Eve in Montreal, Alex and her mother Maia receive a package in the mail. Inside are the countless notebooks, cassettes and photographs that Maia, between the ages of 13 and 18, sent from Beirut to her best friend who had left for Paris to escape the war. Maia refuses to open this Pandora’s box. Alex, on the other hand, is irresistibly attracted to these testimonies of an unknown past and discovers, between fantasy and reality, her mother’s tumultuous adolescence, her first love and the murderous war that rages, bringing to the surface well-kept secrets. With these revelations, Alex will convince her mother to return to Lebanon, after 25 years of exile, to face the ghosts of her past. Read More Read Less
Memory Box

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Vibrantly filmed and finely detailed, Memory Box is an engaging depiction of one woman's reckoning with her past.

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Jude Dry indieWire Artists do not need science to tell them what they feel in their bones, and film is a powerful tool to illustrate the ephemeral memories one stores in the body. Rated: B Aug 8, 2022 Full Review Devika Girish New York Times Memories, whether human or technological, have their limits. But in sharing them, as “Memory Box” movingly demonstrates, we can discover them anew. Aug 4, 2022 Full Review Simran Hans Observer (UK) Teenage girls are taken seriously in Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's lively coming-of-age drama. Rated: 4/5 Jan 23, 2022 Full Review Erick Estrada Cinegarage Embraces with subtlety themes such as inclusion, tolerance and acceptance. [Full review in Spanish] Sep 15, 2022 Full Review Jared Mobarak Jaredmobarak.com Credit the filmmakers for going to those darker places with the impossibility of living through so much death and destruction. And for deciding that letting that pain out and realizing they don't have to battle it alone can lead to happy endings too. Rated: 7/10 Aug 5, 2022 Full Review Christopher Llewellyn Reed Hammer to Nail The result is a moving cinematic treatise on identity and its reconstruction, buoyed by fine performances all around, proving that out of pain can come a salve to heal it. Aug 5, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis On Christmas Eve in Montreal, Alex and her mother Maia receive a package in the mail. Inside are the countless notebooks, cassettes and photographs that Maia, between the ages of 13 and 18, sent from Beirut to her best friend who had left for Paris to escape the war. Maia refuses to open this Pandora’s box. Alex, on the other hand, is irresistibly attracted to these testimonies of an unknown past and discovers, between fantasy and reality, her mother’s tumultuous adolescence, her first love and the murderous war that rages, bringing to the surface well-kept secrets. With these revelations, Alex will convince her mother to return to Lebanon, after 25 years of exile, to face the ghosts of her past.
Director
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Producer
Christian Eid, Barbara Letellier, Georges Schoucair, Carole Scotta, Kim McCraw, Luc Déry
Screenwriter
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Gaëlle Macé
Production Co
Super Ecran, Ginger Beirut Production, TV5 MONDE, micro_scope, Centre National du Cinéma et de L'image Animée, Téléfilm Canada, Abbout Productions, Haut et Court, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
French (France)
Runtime
1h 42m
Sound Mix
Dolby
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)