Amber (Jackie Kelly) hasn't been herself lately, and it seems that she
suffers from severe memory loss and random hallucinations, and sometimes
things seem to happen to her out of sequence or repeat themselves in
slightly altered ways. This all might have to do with a medical experiment
that she has taken part him, and now she's on a wild goose chase through
the country to track down the man, Simon (Jason Christ), who's responsible
for it all, and who might actually be in her pursuit, and who gives her
clues that don't always make perfect sense on first sight. So Amber runs
into all kinds of weird people on her way to Simon, from a guy (D.J.
Vivona) who constantly thinks she's a prostitute to a hitchhiker (Emily
Haack) who out of the blue acts like her best friend, from her manager at
work (Jim Ousley) who constantly puts her down whatever she's doing, to
her aunt (Nadina Schulte) who has been like a mother to her but who has
died ages ago. Even though Amber fails to make perfect sense of it all,
she manages to find the missing pieces of the puzzle that are her mind -
but when putting them together she has to realize she doesn't like to much
what she's seeing ...
Now this is certainly not your
run-of-the-mill horror flick, not a formula movie that explains everything
away eventually - actually, In Memory Of is a film that leaves its
audience at least as confused as its protagonist, and that often veers off
into experimental modes of storytelling or even surrealism ... and that's
what makes it absolutely fascinating, a highly atmospheric, labyrinthine
piece of genre cinema that twists and turns throughout, seemingly enjoying
to feed the viewer false leads, and that at the same time tells a very
clever story in a unique way, thanks to a tight script, a solid
directorial effort, and a strong cast.
Certainly unusual, but all the
better for it!