In class last week, we watched Atom Egoyan’s 1993 film Calendar. In this intriguing film, the viewers witness a photographer’s journey through Armenia with his wife and a translator. What makes the film interesting, however, is that each time the audience sees the photogrpaher in Armenia, it is a flashback. At the present, the main character is actually going on serveral set up “dates” with call girls. Each month the photographer has a new date, and each month he has a vivid memory of his lost wife and experiences in Armenia.
The word “date” has two meanings in this film. It deals with both the call girls and the dates on a calendar. When the photographer views a new month on the calendar, he is reminded of the picture he took for that month. This is where the flashback comes in. The film is about both memory and forgetting, and how the main character deals with both. He wants to forget, but forces himself to remember how his wife left him through the calendar pictures. through both his memories and actually recordings, he continues to struggle and find no happiness in his present life. This can be seen through his lack of enthusiasm with the call girls. He misses his wife, who he lost to the translator. He lost the time he spent with her, at the place he was unfamiliar with. That is why he refuses to forget.
Overall, the post-colonialism film is very different from ones I have seen before. I was hooked from the first scene and interested in what was about to happen next. The concept of time and memory is evident in this film, just as it was in Sans Soleil. The film was very entertaining and enjoyable.