Run time: 99 mins

Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard excel in Michel Franco’s absorbing story about the unnerving reunion of a care worker and a friend from her past.


Sylvia (Jessica Chastain), a social worker and single-mom survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and Saul (Peter Sarsgaard), a widower with early-onset dementia, become lovers – though it’s not immediately obvious from their anti-romcom meet-creepy. This involves him stealthily following her home from a high-school reunion and rough-sleeping on her doorstep.


Saul’s dementia is not presented purely as a form of suffering, but is instead something that can enhance his capability for empathy; when Sylvia discloses a painful memory to him, he asks her permission to write it down so that he doesn’t forget — just one of many moments that twangs at the heartstrings.


Franco, whose movies include After Lucia and Sundown, likes to approach his anguish-laden stories with relatively calculated coolness and art film-lite trappings. In a film that could have bowed to easy clichés, Chastain and Sarsgaard are a class act — their touching, tactile chemistry is the film’s triumph. Memory feels so compelling precisely because it keeps its cards close to its chest


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