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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 01.04.12] scifi

Largely ignored after premiering at TIFF last year, Roman's Curcuit is a down-to-earth Chilean science fiction film that looks to be right up our alley. It is the first feature film from Chilean director Sebastian Brahm.

The film is about time and memories and I guess Brahm used visual memory triggers in making the film to allow viewers experience the consequences of the experiments alongside the main character of Roman as he is drawn into a world where timelines are fluid and ultimately irrelevant, as it becomes apparent that the past will always shape our experience of the present.

As a young man, Roberto Roman (Cristián Carvajal) developed groundbreaking theories on memory migration that catapulted him to fame within the field of neuropsychology. Memory migration, as defined by Roman, maps the process by which memories of the past migrate into the working memory and are made conscious. Despite building a strong reputation in his youth, Roman's career has stalled, and he decides to return from abroad to spend a semester at his alma mater in Chile.

No longer the pride of the university, Roman now finds himself working for his old friend and adversary, Jose (Alexis Moreno), and fighting for funding and respect from his former mentor, Osvaldo (Pablo Krogh). Tensions between the men escalate as Osvaldo provokes the rivalry between Roman and Jose. It doesn't help that Jose is married to Roman's ex-girlfriend — a woman for whom Roman continues to harbour strong feelings. Roman’s home life is further upset when Osvaldo starts dating his mother.

The one person who continues to believe in Roman's research is his bright young assistant Javier (Camilo Carmona), who takes Roman's past experiments to another level, insisting that memories migrate when triggered by moments of creative insight, moments that can be provoked by visual association exercises. Roman volunteers to be the subject of Javier's experiments, and becomes trapped in the images of his past. As his memories invade his present and begin to fuse together, he's forced to revisit the choices and experiences that have led to his current life of mediocrity.

Check out the trailer below:

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Umberto (8 years ago) Reply

Questo mi sembra molto bello e ben recitato, finalmente un bravo attore principale e non il solito belloccio hollywoodiano!


kurt (8 years ago) Reply

I so wanted to like this film. It's well acted, well shot, but it nevertheless seems to waste its quite brilliant concept with all the academia petty politics cluttering things up. A misfire, sadly.

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