Embers | Chicago Reader

Embers

86 minutes 2015

This low-budget sci-fi feature takes place in a postapocalyptic future in which no one has any short-term memory, and long-term memory is also declining. Claire Carré, a music-video director making her feature debut, shifts between several sets of characters struggling to hold on to whatever knowledge they still have. The most poignant subplot follows a man and woman who think they're husband and wife but don't know for certain; every several hours they must get to know each other all over again. Shot in postindustrial areas of Poland, Indiana, and New York state, this contains some striking imagery, and Carré succeeds in creating a haunted mood. The mood is so strong, in fact, that it overwhelms any sense of narrative development—the movie feels a bit like a video-art installation expanded to feature length. In English and subtitled Spanish.

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