Forgetting The Girl movie review

Forgetting The Girl posterReviewed by Marcey Papandrea,

Going into a film with little to no knowledge about it is definitely something I would recommend, being surprised can be such a rare event these days, especially in cinema. Forgetting The Girl surprised me and I knew next to nothing about it aside from the title and one sentence summary. This was a good surprise, but also one that left me reeling as the credits were rolling. This is not a film that reveals all its cards straight away, it is a character study that unwinds and certainly keeps its audience guessing as to what is happening.

Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham) is a photographer who takes headshots of models and actresses, he's around women all the time and his experiences aren't generally all that positive. When he was a child he suffered the death of his sister and he struggles to remember what happened that day, and he wants to remember her, all the while he wants to forget about his experiences with the women he comes across. He wants to find that one girl who will make him forget everything bad, but how far is too far? What is the ultimate price to forget?

The film does have an interesting premise and it gives us a shy and awkward guy that immediately we feel sympathy for. His interactions with the women he photographs are hard to watch because we know once he goes for the question of asking them out, they will not say yes. He basically has lost before he even begins, his human interactions don't seem to come too naturally to him. Things don't always go bad, sometimes he gets somewhere but he still manages to shoot himself in the foot so to speak. How many of us can relate to those awkward human encounters? I am sure just about all of us, which makes Kevin such a compelling character to watch. He's clearly haunted by the death of his sister, an event that has made him the way he is, he can't handle the memories of anything bad and he wants to forget and 'get over it'.

We also have Jamie (Lindsay Beamish), a woman who works at Kevin's studio as the make up artist. She is depressed and obsessive, all over Kevin who is blind to how she actually feels. This character does play a big part here, she too is mysterious and she offers up some questions that we want to know the answers to. How obsessive is she? How far will she go? Kevin and Jamie are two very different characters but at the same time they are both tortured characters and in the end they both want something that they just aren't destined to have. Both these characters make this film what it is, they are as fleshed out and as mysterious as they need to be and there is no looking back once things get started.

Performances are fantastic here and the film is held together by Christopher Denham, it is his film as it is about Kevin. He brings forth so much with Kevin, he's the shy awkward guy that we feel for, he gets us on side pretty easily and quickly. Kevin feels like a very real person and that is in thanks to the superb writing and the way Christopher handled the material and made Kevin a very real person. Lindsay Beamish handles herself so well here as Jamie, she's messed up and she does hate the person who stares back at her in the mirror. That pain is felt and she makes Jamie seem unhinged when it comes to Kevin, so we just don't know what she is capable of and this leaves us unsure of whether to trust her even though we'd like to. The film is very much about these two, and the chemistry was very much there and the two easily worked off each other.

Forgetting The Girl is a low budget film, but it doesn't look and feel like one. This is beautifully shot, and some of the amazing visuals don't look like this was made for a small amount. It has a big film feel, it doesn't keep itself restrained just because of the budget and I have to commend the filmmakers and crew for going in with such a great mentality. The film delivers because of that, its a very vibrant film to look at, and this in a way is misleading for us the audience but it works. Forgetting The Girl is a film that I wont soon forget and it will definitely stick with me. I had no idea what I was in for and the final moments were as haunting as they come. What a fantastic effort from Nate Taylor (director) and Peter Moore Smith (screenwriter), thank you.

Four out of five hatchets

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