Memento (2000)


A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife’s murderer.



Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir mystery psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story “Memento Mori” by his brother Jonathan Nolan, which was later published in 2001.[6] Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, the film follows Leonard Shelby, a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia, resulting in short-term memory loss and the inability to form new memories. He searches for the men who attacked him and raped and killed his wife, using an elaborate system of Polaroid photographs, handwritten notes, and tattoos to track information he won’t remember.

The film’s non-linear narrative is presented as two different sequences of scenes interspersed during the film: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order (simulating for the audience the mental state of the protagonist). The two sequences meet at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.[7]