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You May Not Know His Name but You Should Hear His Story

You May Not Know His Name but You Should Hear His Story

MOVIE REVIEW
Memories of My Father (El olvido que seremos)

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Genre: Drama, History
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 2h 16m
Director(s): Fernando Trueba
Writer(s): David Trueba
Cast: Javier Càmara, Nicolàs Reyes Cano, Juan Pablo Urrego, Patricia Tamayo, María Teresa Barreto, Laura Londoño, Elizabeth Minotta, Kami Zea, Luciana Echeverry, Camila Zárate, Whit Stillman
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Where To Watch: Expanding to theaters across the US (including Chicago) Click here to see where. Arrives to rent/purchase nationwide on digital platforms on December 13, 2022


RAVING REVIEW: A beautiful film that oozes style in every scene, covered in visual metaphors from start to finish. They brought together a cast that feels every bit like the real family they are portraying.


Based on the memoir "Oblivion: A Memoir" by Héctor Abad Faciolince about his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, the most significant thing the film had going against it was its lengthy runtime. While there was plenty of information, I feel like director Fernando Trueba could’ve whittled down the story without losing any impact. I can’t speak on most of Trueba’s filmography, but I will never forget his beautifully animated film CHICO & RITA.

There’s no mistaking what the film's goal was; for that, it’s a loving tribute to the source material. So much of this film relies entirely on the sentiment and connections seen throughout; without that saving grace, I feel it would’ve failed to keep even the most adamant fans. This is where the film shines, though, and while I don’t know if it was intentional, it could’ve been an interesting testing of the waters.

I’m not one to point out cinematography often; it’s not that I don’t appreciate it, but it's because I think good cinematography should almost go unnoticed. The use of color and black & white filming was blatant but worked so well; without it, you may be questioning what you were watching, or more importantly when you were watching in their timeline. The cinematography was the focus here; without question, some of these scenes became almost hypnotic because you were drawn into the experience of the scene and the dialogue of the characters on screen.

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