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Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. A meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide.
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What the Critics are Saying
"The most Proustian of McElwee's documentaries." - The New York Times
"Beguiling and utterly delightful." - New York Post
" Magnificently eloquent." - Time Out New York
"The stuff of quiet revelation. Simple, genuinely moving." - NPR
"With droll wit and fearless instinct for turning an unblinking lens on his life's minutiae, Ross McElwee continues his Socratic mandate of living a fully examined life with the assured and insightful Photographic Memory. Its pleasures are subtle yet resonant." - Variety
"Ross McElwee adds another wonderful personal memoir, a film that is both forward-looking and elegiac. Grade: A." - Christian Science Monitor