Memories Look at Me
Directed by Song Fang
Cornerhouse, 29 January 2013
For a debut feature, this film is immensely self-assured.
A daughter, single though yet young as she faces middle-age, returns home to live for a while with her aged parents. Some ordinary things happen, and the film as a whole is spectacularly unshowy. She speaks with her mother and niece, drives around her home town looking at how it has changed. Her life is at a crossroads.
There’s an elegiac flavour to it, an awareness of the passing of time. The film is a restrained flame, constantly burning.
The take-home message: life is hard, live, live now.