Three brothers return home to attend their late father's wake, only to find that the only hope for moving in is to finally sort through their own quandaries, flaws, and failings in director Christopher Jaymes' quirky, seriocomic reunion film. Their father was Hollywood royalty, so what does that make the three wayward sons? As the day begins and the wake commences, the three boys become so wrapped up in their own immediate problems that they nearly forget to grieve. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This film captured the essence of what it is to be human. All of the characters were flawed in some obviously fundamental way, but they were extremely lovable and easy to relate to. It would have been really easy to fall into the trap of taking a slightly flattened caricature type and using their particular dysfunction as a laugh gimmick, but each of the characters were totally unique and round and real. Each of them does something that could seem totally deplorable but we've been watching and not only do we understand why it happens, it seems like a logical step and we've probably been there at some point ourselves. Lends itself to be used as a tool in cutting yourself some slack. This is one of the only films I've seen recently that allows for dysfunction to be completely endearing. It's rare to genuinely like all of the characters, and I do. This film is refreshingly true to life. Watching it was a pleasure and I left liking myself more than when I went in. Also, what a soundtrack!
Definetely worth 5 stars, if not more. One of the most original and unique movies to come out in years, and certainly with the realist acting. If you can't relate to ALL of these characters because you've never experienced exactly what they are at some point in your life, then you need to start living. This isn't a movie, its reality on video in it's purest form. No faking anything here.
Great indie!! Funny, clever. Typical in that it's handheld but still shot well. Not every story line is brilliant but they're all good enough to make my abs sore by the half way point. Overall Matt Keeslar is funnier than I've ever seen him. Jeremy Sisto is always good but I think this is best comedic performance ever, by far. It's like funnier, younger version of The Big Chill. Not saying it's better than The Big Chill. It's different. It's more raw. It's kind of like The Celebration only because it's in English you can understand the jokes better.
It was so different than what I expected and I recognized almost all the actors/actresses from other movies and TV shows. Judy Greer was absolutely hysterical! Definitely one of my favorites, and the ending is very touching
"Memory" is an ensemble work that explores the lives of three sons as they host a wake for their father.
"Memory" is alternately hysterical and heartbreaking, as the audience watches these men make life-altering decisions under the worst possible circumstances. Suppressing their feelings of inadequacy and emotional abandonment, they show no grief at the loss of their father, but instead turn on themselves, openly acknowledging their inability to have healthy relationships.
The audience experiences the claustrophobic feelings of having one something too many and staying up far too late, becoming a prisoner on one's own home waiting for people to realize it's time to go home.. After the party is over, the hosts are left alone to clean up various messes, mostly those they themselves have created.
Saw this film at a screening in SF... it was touring the country in some independent film screening program... I always am reluctant going to these things, but this made it worthwhile.
It's not the perfect film of course, and it started a bit slow, but by minute 15 I was rolling and so was the rest of the theater. It's raw indie humor... Woody Allen-ish, but more harsh. Great actors, I love Judy Greer and Jeremy Sisto and they were both great.
If you actually watch the movie, there is no way you won't be rolling with laughter by the end. It's done really well and the writing is great.
With 'In Memory of My Father', relatively new auteur Christopher Jaymes has created the perfect depiction of loss, depression, selfishness, love, and jealousy as applied to one family.
The aesthetic style of 'In MemoryÂ¦' evokes a slight documentary feel, much like 'The Office' and 'Arrested Development'. Characters address the cameras, but as the story progresses, we leave the device behind and focus on the drama, comedy, and the bitingly funny stirring of the soul that develops.
Witty, poignant, brilliant, filled with squeamishly uncomfortable moments and mouth-agape situations, 'In MemoryÃÂ¦' is most honest movie to come along this year, and I only hope Jaymes is able to continue making films of this caliber.