In Memory of Me 2007

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On a Venetian island seminary, a young novice is tempted to seek solace from the routine of prayer and contemplation by speculating about the crises facing his fellow priests-to-be.

Starring:
Filippo Timi, Christo Jivkov
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  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Filippo Timi, Christo Jivkov, Fausto Russo Alesi, Marco Baliani, Andre Hennicke
Director Saverio Costanzo
Genres Drama
Studio FUSION MEDIA
Rental release 24 March 2008
Main languages Italian

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2010
Format: DVD
"I was created to carry out a plan for which no-one else was created.
I occupy a place in the eyes of God - in God's world - that no-one else occupies.
It doesn't matter if I am rich, poor, admired or scorned by other men. God knows me & calls me by my name.
He has entrusted me with a task given to no-one else. I have a mission & in some way, I am necessary in His plan.
God did not make me in vain."

An alienated, intelligent, intense young man tires of the sheer superficial pointlessness of modern society & enters a monastery to train as a priest. But in contemplating the silence, he is soon questioning his superiors, being viewed with suspicion by his fellow novitiates & confronting his own doubts about God & his own identity.

To convey all this with sparse dialogue is an awesome task, one which director Saverio Costanzo rises to with an aplomb fashioned of depth & maturity. He has created a subtle piece with striking visuals & simple yet atmospheric music, often consisting of single notes of a piano. Like the routine of the monastic setting, it meanders at a contemplative pace yet never misses a step. Many would no doubt find this tedious but for those like myself who don't mind leisurely, atmospheric cinema, it has a charismatic charm comparable to the one worked by the monastic documentary Into Great Silence.

This is a touching & subtle work with much to contemplate, regardless of your religious beliefs; insofar as it is relevant, I am not a Christian but was nevertheless touched by this film & the depth of this religion. Despite - or rather, perhaps because of - its sparsity of dialogue & action, this is a touching, visually striking film with a powerful message which cuts to the heart of what it is to be human.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By V. Bushnell on 18 May 2010
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I initially came accross this film when it was shown as part of BBC4's international film series on Sunday evenings. I was gripped by the skill in which so much emotion and feelings were conveyed with little or no dialogue. I am looking forward to seeing the film again as I am sure each viewing will deliver more insight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr T Niwa on 17 Dec 2010
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My wife and I watched this movie last night and after some post-watching discussion I have come to realise that I actually like the movie for its reflective potential. As noted by other reviewers there is very little dialogue in this movie and I must say that there is very little interaction between characters as well. The movie is not a 'movie' in the traditional sense and if you expect something with an 'orderly' plot with a nice beginning, middle and end...then this movie is definitely not for you. If however you want to watch something that helps you to reflect on your religious convictions or your place in the world, then I think this movie might be for you. The strength of this movie, I believe, is in its indirect 'story-telling' and the aloofness of the characters. Bereft of a 'proper' plot I think the movie-makers aim to urge watchers to become active, independent thinkers when reflecting on their place in the world rather than passive movie-watchers, who would rather watch a nice movie without being personally challenged. In essence, I see this movie as a religious homily turned into a movie aimed to get its watchers reflecting on their own humanity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. C. Dobson on 5 Nov 2011
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"In Memory Of Me" is a powerful film, not least because it is not carried by constant action or dialogue; it's a film regardless of people's religious and spiritual inclinations, that takes the viewer through the main character's sense of interioral struggles and conquests. Many people wonder about and question the meaning of life and their own direction and goals today, and struggle with a myriad of questions, it's part of the 'thinking persons journey'.

Though this film is following a young man who enters a monastry to train as a priest; the same observations and conflicts occur in ordinary life at times, people react to others and their circumstances, and many of us, though not entering religious life, will recognise that inter-relationships and reactions that can be really unsettling. Often when dealing with others we grapple with what is reflected back to us by their reaction to us or our attitudes, often not realising our attitude is felt by others as much as our actions.
At one point quietly and without malice, each priest simply tells the novice one simple sentence about how a particular facet of his character strikes them. As the environment is that of a trappist rule, no talking about it. It is startling to watch this scene. One flinches with the simplicity of the statements made about the novice, as indeed he does. There is no discussion just one pronouncement by various priests, no answering back. So we see a person judged merely in terms of their way of being in the world and how it makes others feel. A paring down of all the baggage and excuses people make for their behaviour usually is completely absent. This telling scene is worth the entire film and very insightful.
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By Halina H. on 14 April 2014
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This Dvd can be a little difficult to totally comprehend and not to be watched if you have an idealised view of' Call and service' but it raises some very important issues and ends well. Battle of Good over evil and defeat.
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