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Nostalgia (2018)

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A mosaic of stories about love and loss, exploring our relationship to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.

Director:

Mark Pellington

Writers:

Alex Ross Perry (screenplay by), Alex Ross Perry (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Hugo Armstrong ... Jim Singer
Shinelle Azoroh ... Waitress
Annalise Basso ... Tallie
Ellen Burstyn ... Helen
Bruce Dern ... Ronnie
Chloe Farnworth ... Girl in Cafe
Joanna Going ... Marge
Beth Grant ... Anna O'Bryan
Arye Gross ... Riley O'Bryan
Jon Hamm ... Will
Catherine Keener ... Donna
Lindsey Kraft ... Tobey
James Le Gros ... Patrick
Mikey Madison ... Kathleen
Mark Marcarian Mark Marcarian ... Man
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A mosaic of stories about love and loss, exploring our relationship to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.

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Memories of Lives Lived

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Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ностальгия See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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$114,603, 8 March 2018
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With the huge fire that burnt down Helen's house, the surrounding trees seems to be unharmed. See more »

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Too Somber & Slow To Ever Get Its Message Across
10 May 2018 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

If one thinks hard enough, there are some interesting topics thrown around in "Nostalgia". The trouble is, it takes slogging through and hour and 45 minutes of the most somber, melancholic film you've ever seen in order to actually get to those themes. It isn't worth the wait, at that.

For a basic plot summary, "Nostalgia" is told over a series of vignettes that loosely work together to create a theme. In one, an old woman (Ellen Burstyn) loses her home (and nearly everything in it) to a fire, and must come to terms with the importance of objects vs. memories. In another timeline, siblings Will (Jon Hamm) & Donna (Catherine Keener) must clean out their old childhood home, and then face their own personal tragedy.

Like I said, there are some interesting themes to chew on here, especially involving the concept of memories vs. physical items from loved ones. As we all grow older, it is interesting to consider what we will leave behind and what of that will be considered "important" to future generations.

A few good themes do not a good film make, however, and in pretty much all capacities "Nostalgia" is a complete mess. This is a film that really needed a stable environment all the way through, but instead it takes the opposite approach and skips from scene to scene and time to time with very little (if any) connective tissue to bind it all together. By the time the movie had ended, I was left wondering exactly what the first half had to do with the back half (besides a few concurring themes), and that's not good.

The acting is pretty good here (notably Hamm, who seems to be doing great work everywhere these days), but too often it only involves characters staring off into the distance or "reflecting", which doesn't come off all that well on the big screen.

Overall, I was mostly disappointed with "Nostalgia" for its inability to create any sort of substantial narrative (disjointed or otherwise) and being so somber all the way through. Whether intentional or not, this comes off as one of the most depressing movies you'll likely have watched in awhile.


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