Film Response #4: Calendar

This movie deals with loss and memory. Since the photographer has lost his wife all he has left are his memories of her.

It starts off with him and his wife taking to  a trip Armenia to gather pictures for a Calendar. She tries to connect with him there but he doesn’t see it. So his wife soon falls in love with their driver/tour guide and the photographer loses his wife to him. He tries to find love with other women and uses them to try and relive his memories of his wife. Through the images on the calendar and pictures he has taken his memory rewinds to the days he had with her. By recording these moments is helpful for him to remember, without these images it would be almost impossible. He has lost time and space along with his wife. The use of memory in this movie is very important because throughout the entire film he is trying to revive those memories and make them real again.

In Tollof Nelson’s article he states “No longer lost to memory, these material fragments of the world remain—in the medium of their passing—and they continue to exhibit the very ephemeral [short] nature of their passing.” Meaning the only thing that remains are these photos and without them he just has a lost memory. He also states “Atom Egoyan’s feature-film Calendar (1993) dramatizes these differences as it interrogates and experiments with the time-pieces of cultural memory, identity, and tradition in an age in which the social practice of the imagination is itself “played out” and “commodified” in the global flows of nostalgia and fantasy.”  I found this quote to be very useful because all of the images throughout the movie started to become “played out” and he would soon be left with nothing,  you can look at a photo a million times but you can never actually relive the moment.

I found this movie to be a lot more interesting than the others we have watched in class. It was easier to understand what was going on and follow the movie. I enjoyed the scenary and the photos taken, but it did begin to get a little boring because it seemed too repetitive.

Citation:

Nelson, Tollof. “Passing Time in Intercultural Cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 2 May 2011. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/substance/v034/34.1nelson.html>.

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