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Memories of a Sick Mind (2006)

 -  Short | Comedy | Drama  -  3 January 2006 (UK)
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Just released from the mental institution, a young man in love with his brother has to find a wife in order to inherit his mother's fortune.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Colin Burnie ...
Doctor
James Halstead ...
Adam Taylor
Lise Honsinger ...
Jeanie
Marguerite Osborne ...
Mother Taylor
Tim Younger ...
Bumble Taylor
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Upon his latest release from the mental institution, schmo Adam has to finally find a wife. If he fails again, his terminally ill mother's fortune and the family mansion will go to her cat and the good people from the cat's hotel. Not giving in to general confusion and the threat of complete destitution, Adam for once takes fate into his own hands and conceives of a scheme to lure the eligible bachelorette Jeanie into his proximity - as a housekeeper to take care of his mother. If everything goes according to his sick plan, he can look forward to a happy future once his mother is finally dead: rich, far away from the institution and Jeanie, but very close to his older brother Bumble... Written by Ethan Redrum

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love your family

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really really special (and quite weird)
13 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the 'Memories' at the Forest Film Fest and have to say what a refreshing and surprisingly witty little comedy this movie is. There are many different layers to it and it also raises quite some controversial issues, but never goes for that forced cleverness that short films often have. On many occasions, it's actually very funny.

The story follows a paranoid, and quite strange creature, Adam, on his way back home from the mental institution. In between that journey home, ambiguous memories pop up which remind him of his family and the reasons why he looks forward - but is also afraid of - returning home. His mother is a terrible person but is also about to pass on her fortune to him. His brother, who seems to be the only person he really trusts - and is maybe even romantically involved with - is probably more disturbed than anybody else in this movie. And then there is the seductive Jeanie, the housekeeper, who he has to marry so he can fulfill what the testament demands from him. But the thing is that we never quite now whether we are experiencing those situations as Adam makes them up, or whether we can trust what we see. But in the end, it doesn't really matter. What matters is that everybody seems to somehow involuntarily conspire to render his life unbearable - only to discover that nobody is to blame as the situation has long since taken control over the characters' individual actions. Everybody tries to trick everybody else in quite vicious and sick ways. I think the sickest of them all wins in the end.

I guess this is just one way of describing this tour de force through our minds and petty everyday paranoias. And even though so much was going on, it all made sense to me in the end - for rather personal reasons, I was actually quite moved by it. But I'm sure on second sight, there are loads of new details to discover and maybe I didn't get all of it. I'm excited to see what Littger's next stuff will be. He's going to be great and seems to have a very weird vision of the world. And if you are reading this: If you ever need an actress, think of me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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