• Released
  • October 12, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 24 min
  • Documentary
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Photographic Memory Synopsis
Filmmaker Ross McElwee revisits a French seaside town where he spent time in his younger days.
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Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
Photographic Memory is about the permanence and impermanence of what we choose to preserve: on film and in our heads (which is often the...
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The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Photographic Memory is less wry and more melancholy than McElwee's earlier documentaries; it's a lot like his superb 2003 film "Bright...
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Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
Ross McElwee is less anxious of death itself than of finally comprehending the vast faultiness of the life he's lived.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Utterly delightful.
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Time Out New York

McElwee's quietly reassuring voice dominates the film, but that doesn't mean he can't craft a magnificently eloquent image when he wants...
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Alternating between time periods and geographic locations, all of it connected by McElwee's narrated thoughts, the film proves a bracing...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The resulting journey of self-discovery is not exactly profound in its revelations, but as usual with McElwee's efforts the proceedings are...
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By Ian Buckwalter
For all its obsession with the past, Photographic Memory ends in a simple, genuinely moving interaction between father and son that...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The connections made in Photographic Memory are more tentative than those found in Mr. McElwee's earlier films, which also seek answers in...
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Rated NR