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Forgetting the Girl (2012)

AO  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  2 March 2012 (USA)
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Haunted by a traumatic history, photographer Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham) struggles to systematically forget all his bad memories, but erasing his past threatens to consume his future. ... See full summary »

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Haunted by a traumatic history, photographer Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham) struggles to systematically forget all his bad memories, but erasing his past threatens to consume his future. Kevin is obsessed with finding a girl who can help him forget his unpleasant past. However, all his encounters with the opposite sex inevitably go afoul, creating more awkward experiences than he can cope with. As the rejections mount, Kevin's futile search for happiness and love becomes overwhelmingly turbulent, forcing him to take desperate measures. Shot in a variety of NYC locales, from Hell's Kitchen to Greenpoint, Forgetting the Girl is a gritty vision of the city and its denizens. The tightly-woven drama blends recollections with reality to craft an intense character study of the psychologically-scarred protagonist. As beautiful as it is dark, the tense narrative slowly boils under the surface until it unleashes an unsettling climax that will not be easily forgotten. Written by FTG

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How do you forget what you can't remember?

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The director's parent's apartment in Hell's Kitchen was used for three different locations in the film. The outside was shot as the entrance to Kevin's apartment, and the interior was used for both Beth's apartment and Adrienne's apartment. See more »

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There is no plumbing attached to the bathtub in Kevin's apartment. See more »

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Jamie's Mom: [talking on phone] What are you doing?
Jamie: I was just on the other line with the suicide hotline. Yeah... they said I should do it.
Jamie's Mom: Oh my God Jamie, are you okay?
Jamie: I'm kidding, I'm kidding mom.
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The opening credits contain two hidden images that each appear for only a few frames. One is visible in the window of a passing car and the other in a background dumpster. See more »

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Downtown
Written by Heloise Thorne Williams, Jason Cooley,
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A twisting psychological drama that ultimately descends into madness
16 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Forgetting the Girl is one of those films that gets under your skin as you watch it, and lingers after you've finished it. A lushly directed psychological drama that centers around Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham of Argo/Charlie Wilson's War/Shutter Island/Sound of my Voice,) an awkward romantic dreamer who, though he works regularly as a photographer with women can't seem to move past his inherent inability to truly connect with them when it comes to dating.

With a past colored by an unfortunate family history, Kevin uses various techniques in his struggle to forget each of his past failings with the women he dates before moving on to the next. Tension mounts, however, when one particular dating escapade seemingly goes awry, putting him in the middle of an uncomfortable investigation surrounding her inexplicable disappearance.

Taylor deftly directs Kevin's emotional unraveling to the point where as a viewer you're not quite sure what's truth and what's not. And apparently Taylor, along with writer Peter Moore Smith, are not ones to just ride that tension out, instead they dial it up to 11 and leave viewers with a stunningly unexpected climax and subsequent denouement that is anything but easy to shake.

Kudos across the board, especially to Denham for carrying the role with simultaneously likable yet creepy aplomb.


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