This is the new film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and starrting Tilda Swinton in a broader artistic collaboration. Weerasethakul, in case you do not recognize the name, is director of Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives, arguably the best movie of the last twenty years.
I won’t try to summarize the plot of Memoria, only to tell you it is set in Colombia (the director’s first film outside of Thailand), mostly in Spanish, has A+ cinematography, and it concerns how the revelation of Buddhist Enlightenment might begin to spread through the world. I’ve read a half dozen reviews of the movie, but none are very insightful and they barely mention the Buddhist angle (and Hinduist animism), central to understanding Weerasethakul’s films.
This movie is almost certainly the best of the year, or more. And it will cement Weerasethakul’s reputation as the most important director of our time.
Fortunately, it is not available on streaming services for the stay at home small screen barbarians. It is being rolled out in an unusual fashion, one city at a time (more or less), and currently it is playing for this week only at AFI in Silver Spring, Maryland. The roll out is poorly organized and publicized.
Recommended, don’t miss it.