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Photographic Memory Reviews

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September 30, 2016
In the end, the camera in Photographic Memory is not so much roving as at ease with itself, moving at its own pace, not shambling but ambling along, content in its own small, personal, unassuming search for meaning.
July 1, 2013
In his latest film, the 65-year-old director retraces his postcollegiate wanderjahrs in France jobbing for a wedding photographer, in an earnest effort to understand his son Adrian, a headstrong, restless creative type and stunt skier.
November 13, 2012
Hoping to unlock not only the mysteries of his own past, but also to better understand the alienation he feels from his son, McElwee has forged another triumph in this portrait of fractured love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 1, 2012
Beguiling and homespun -- full of both answers and questions, feelings and wonder. A great little travelogue mystery that also delicately assays the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 15, 2012
Bittersweet though it may be, "Photographic Memory" reminds us that time is fleeting and all memories fade - even those captured on film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 15, 2012
Filmmaker Ross McElee continues his obsessive self-reflection in this entertaining meditation on aging and memory.
October 12, 2012
Like Harvey Pekar and Spalding Gray, Ross McElwee makes art out of the often sad and desperate moments of his life. And like them, he is damned good at it.
October 12, 2012
I would like to think that one day Adrian might look at this documentary and see it as a supreme act of paternal love.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 12, 2012
Utterly delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2012
McElwee is a homespun philosopher who finds exceptional moments in everyday life and records it all through his camera lens.
October 11, 2012
The most vivid strand of "Photographic Memory" is Mr. McElwee's changing relationship with his son, Adrian, now in his 20s.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5
October 11, 2012
Quietly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 9, 2012
It's a personal journey, but one that speaks to universal ideas about aging, fatherhood and the way, as Maurice once put it, that "time wears on a photograph, erodes it, until all of its context is gone."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2012
Proves a bracing and sometimes uncomfortable peek into private fears and regrets about mortality and missed opportunities.
October 5, 2012
Ross McElwee is less anxious of death itself than of finally comprehending the vast faultiness of the life he's lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2012
I'd say this film, in spite of its very universal appeal, is mainly of interest to McElwee fans, but it's very easy to become a McElwee fan.
October 12, 2012
This modest coda to Ross McElwee's autobiographical trilogy will interest fans of this eccentric documentarian but bore those less familiar with his work.
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