Movie: ‘Reminiscence’

By EDDY FRIEDFELD
Posted 9/10/21

Hugh Jackman stars in “Reminiscence,” a stylish, science fiction film.

“The past can haunt a man. That’s what they say. And the past is just a series of moments, each one …

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Movie: ‘Reminiscence’

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Hugh Jackman stars in “Reminiscence,” a stylish, science fiction film.

“The past can haunt a man. That’s what they say. And the past is just a series of moments, each one perfect. Complete. A piece on the necklace of time. The past doesn’t haunt us. It doesn’t even recognize us. It is we who haunt the past.”

Nick Bannister (Jackman) is a therapist/detective who, with advanced technology, the “tank,” helps patients go on a journey through their own memory to places and times they have been to before.

“Time is no longer a one-way street. Used to be you couldn’t go back again. Memory sails against the current. And I’m the oarsman.”

What the patients recall is projected in black and white onto a large screen. The pleasant memories the patients return to are very therapeutic.

“Nothing is more addictive than the past. Who wouldn’t want to be reunited with a loved one. Or relive the best moments of their lives. But memories, even good ones, have a voracious appetite. If you’re not careful, they will consume you.”

“You don’t need much to unlock a flood of memories,” Nick tells new patient, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). “The trick is finding the right one. Relax, it always works out.”

“Don’t say always. Always makes promises it can’t keep,” Mae replies.

“There are some things we should never forget,” Nick says.

“And some things we can’t forget even if we want to.”

Mae lapses into a memory of singing a torch song, “Where or When.” Nick is mesmerized. He tracks her down to the club where she is a chanteuse. He falls in love and begins a relationship with Mae. When she disappears, he obsesses over her. He spends hours in the tank, trying to relive the memories with her. His cynical and loyal assistant, Emily (Thandiwe Newton), tries to talk sense into him.

In flashbacks, he recalls his love affair with her. “Memories are like perfume. They should be taken in small doses.”

In their future world, where both Nick and Emily are veterans of a long war, levees burst and everything is flooded. Parts of buildings are under water.

“Tell me a story with a happy ending,” Mae says.

“There’s no such thing as a happy ending. All endings are sad, especially if the story is happy.”

“Then tell me a happy story and end it in the middle.”

The film has a 1940s film noir quality and has great performances.

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