CALENDAR

Atom Egoyan’s film, Calendar, is uniquely shaped around the topic of memory in comparison to other films regarding the same subject that we have viewed in class. The film involves a photographer taking place in the present staging a failed date with his ex-wife with several different escorts. Each date would ask to use the phone at some point which would lead to the photographer remembering an event with his ex-wife leading up to his failed marriage. All the memories were from a trip in which they went with a tour guide to film different locations for a calendar. These memories were his form of closure as to why his marriage failed. He seemed to be trying to piece together the vacation and to figure out where everything went wrong. He is remembering a being that is now lost, but the memories will stay with him forever, and apparently can be haunting to ones mental health. Memory is an extremely important tool, but can be a burden if used/functioned the wrong way. Something so terrible, if forgotten, isn’t so terrible anymore, because the mental effects of what has happened are far greater than any physical pain. There are events or objects that people with they could forget, but specific memories flood their brain. The physicality of anything can disapear in an instant, but the memory can be held forever. The time spent with his wife was lost, but the memories, once again will remain forever. To take a look at this in a metaphorical way, i believe Egoyan is trying to portray that memory is beyond anything that can logically make sense. Memory can not be understood, nor can it be controlled. People wish they could forget things all the time, as well as remembering. Memory will always serve an a significant tool in the way our species evolves, but will always be a burden to those who will be haunted by the memory of something horrible for the rest of their lives..

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