Photographic Memory

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Filmmaker Ross McElwee finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a defiant young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand the growing distance between himself and his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. He also hopes to track down his first employer, a photographer named Maurice, and Maud, a woman with whom he was romantically involved. Photographic Memory is a meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, digital versus analog, and the fractured love of a father for his son. -- (C) Official Site

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  • Filmmaker Ross McElee continues his obsessive self-reflection in this entertaining meditation on aging and memory.

    Oct 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • I would like to think that one day Adrian might look at this documentary and see it as a supreme act of paternal love.

    Oct 12, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Utterly delightful.

    Oct 12, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The most vivid strand of "Photographic Memory" is Mr. McElwee's changing relationship with his son, Adrian, now in his 20s.

    Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: 6.5 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

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  • Quietly devastating.

    Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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