Cineverm – A Film Podcast


Memoria (2021) – Film Review – Ep. 60
Anthony's Rating: 8
Helen's Rating: 7.5
Cineverm Rating: 7.5

This week Anthony & Helen Discuss the strange experimental auditory film that is Memoria ! *BBbboooOOOOoooMMMM* Audio Disclaimer: This was our first recording together! and was recorded in a car with street noise and sirens around us! 

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Synopsis for Memoria

Ever since being startled by a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is unable to sleep. In Bogotá to visit her sister, she befriends Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), an archaeologist studying human remains discovered within a tunnel under construction. Jessica travels to see Agnes at the excavation site. In a small town nearby, she encounters a fish scaler, Hernan (Elkin Diaz). They share memories by the river. As the day comes to a close, Jessica is awakened to a sense of clarity.

Podcast Excerpt

Anthony: I just realized I don’t know how to talk about this movie without spoiling it.

Helen: Yeah, the way I’ve heard it described by other people is: Tilda Swinton listens to sounds. And you can describe it as just a woman in a city, that she obviously doesn’t belong in, experiencing things that make very little sense to her. And sound is everything: it’s the key to the whole movie. And that’s all you really need to know is: there’s something ethereal and wrong about this world and about this person and about the situation she’s in, and you don’t understand it, and she also doesn’t understand it.

Anthony: So one thing that I was struggling – that is a perfect synopsis; that’s better than the actual synopsis if I say so myself – but one thing I was thinking about watching it is: what genre of movie is this? Because I feel like I didn’t really know what to go into, and I heard everyone say it’s super slow and super chill, but the first scene takes eight minutes before there’s a single cut…