In Memory of Myself **
Directed by Saverio Costanzo
There is something in "In Memory of Myself" that I just couldn't spot. It is heavily symbolic, but I just couldn't see how. It was difficult to watch really, even though I know that there was some kind of substance. I spotted it, but just a little bit. At the start of the film the main character, Andrea, declares to somebody interviewing him that he wants to be a person. He is looking for something, but he can't exactly pin it down. So he goes into the priesthood. For the rest of the film we follow Andrea as he gos through the various challenges of the priesthoodome.
Costanzo is a very competent director. There are some really beautiful shots, and during the introduction at the start, the woman who choose the films said that at times you forget that you are watching a movie. And there was a segment in the middle, maybe for about fifteen minutes, where I was engrossed in the images on the screen. There was no dialogue, but plenty of sound. And it was extremely well done, and when it was over I realized that it felt like no time passed at all. Costanzo directed a film called "Private," which came out in New York about two years ago. I missed it when it was released, but am curious about it. As for "In Memory of Myself," I know that there is some sort of shift in characters-by the end Andrea is much different than he was at the start, but it all seemed so sudden and I was never able to actually chart the character growth. Which leads me to think that I was missing something. I feel I need to see this again, but the thing is I never actually want to. And if this came to New York it will most likely be on a very small screen, like at one of the art houses. These festival films are on the most massive screens I've ever seen outside of IMAX, and it really does enhance the experience.
I could recommend "In Memory of Myself" for visuals and direction, but for an entertaining story and for an easy film to follow and get into, it probably isn't for you. There is an audience for this film, but I am not a part of it. And there were a countless amount of walk-outs at the screening. I had a hard time getting anything out of it, and it is something that needs to be seen again and again. But the hard thing is getting the urge to.