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Memories Look at Me

Directed by Song Fang

China, 2012

Cornerhouse, 29 January 2013

Memories Look at Me

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.

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