Calendar

In class we have seen a few different films emphasizing the issues of memory and time and Atom Egoyan’s film, Calendar, is no different. In this film, a photographer relives various events and situations through the use of old footage from his trip with his wife to Armenia and also through the various photographs he has captured and a series of staged “dates” with various women escorts. At a specific moment during the date, the woman would ask to use the phone and excuse herself. This would lead the photographer to reminisce about a certain event or memory he has with his ex-wife while in Armenia. I believe this is his way of trying to piece together his marriage while trying to examine the exact moment where things went wrong, ending his marriage. Although the memories seem to be scattered and there is no specific order, the audience can clearly understand that the photographer is reminiscing about different dates and times because of the ever present calendar on the wall. The manner in which the film is shot also aids to the audience’s understanding of the way things are unraveling. When the photographer reminisces about Armenia, the camera is shot in first person so the audience connects with him and it is as if we are in his head, seeing what he is seeing, feeling what he is feeling. However, although the photographs on the calendar help him remember certain elements and events, the emotions and feelings one receives is more defined memory than in a photograph. Although a photograph may visually depict how a certain place or event looked like, it is your memory of that moment that makes the instance special. A person’s experience and mental imagery along with the visual photograph is what makes a memory three dimensional.

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