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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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All the phone calls in the film had the off-screen actor live on the other end of the line. The only exception was when Jamie talked to her mother. 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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All I Need Is Your Love
written by S. Kohler, O. Framby, Joakim Killenstam
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published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Dark, twisted, and brilliant
21 January 2013 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Forgetting the Girl is a dark and twisted film that left me emotionally drained and mildly concerned who might be living next door. The director (Nate Taylor) brilliantly crafts a slow build of tension and dark suspicion as the viewer is drawn into an uncomfortable intimacy with the lead character played by Christopher Denham. Denham masterfully portrays a deeply and genuinely disturbed individual struggling to find some sense of normalcy in a relationship while surrounding himself with equally, if not more overtly damaged personae. Deserving of special mention for her amazing performance is Lindsay Beamish who played Denham's obsessive and thoroughly screwed up assistant.

The slow build of this film is laced with such real emotion and frightening honesty that I was left wondering whether the director did some extracurricular study of mental health issues to so succinctly draw out such amazing insights into the psychoses of his characters. Even after the crescendo, the director (and Beamish) left me wondering whether the reveal answered all of the mysteries crafted throughout the film or if there was more than meets the eye. This movie makes me want to run background checks on my neighbors…or not have any neighbors. I'm not sure. A+ job by the Director, cast and crew.


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