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115 min.
United States United States
Christopher Nolan. Story: Jonathan Nolan
David Julyan
Wally Pfister
Summit Entertainment. Distributor: Newmarket
Thriller. Mystery | Crime. Revenge. Neo-noir. Cult Movie. Independent Film (US)
Leonard (Guy Pearce) is an insurance investigator whose memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife's murder. His quality of life has been severely hampered after this event, and he can now only live a comprehendable life by tattooing notes on himself and taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera. The movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to come that compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters. Leonard badly wants revenge for his wife's murder, but, as numerous characters explain, there may be little point if he won't remember it in order to provide closure for him. The movie veers between these future occurrences and a telephone conversation Leonard is having in his motel room in which he compares his current state to that of a client whose claim he once dealt with.
Rankings Position
2001: Academy Awards: 2 Nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing
2001: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Screenplay
2001: Sundance Film Festival: Best Screenplay. 2 Nominations
2001: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay
2001: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
2001: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Screenplay
2001: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Screenplay (Nolan). 2 Nominations
2001: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay. 2 Nominations
2001: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay. 2 Nominations
2001: Independent Spirit Awards: 5 Awards including Best Film & Best Director
2001: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2001: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Int. Ind. Film - English Language
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