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In Memory Of My Father Review

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The youngest son of a legendary Hollywood producer accepts a bribe from his father to document his death.

★★★★

The death of a minor Hollywood player results in a family gathering, with his three sons joined by extended dysfunctional relatives and hangers-on. A hit on the festival circuit, Chris Jaymes’ debut is like the bastard offspring of Festen and The Funeral, but without the paedophilia or gangsters. The idea of the brothers fulfilling their father’s last wish by filming the aftermath of his death is soon forgotten, and the dark tone gets even more serious, but the likably unlikable cast is uniformly excellent, and there are laughs to be had: particularly from Jeremy Sisto, who spends much of the film on an extended ecstacy trip in a yellow bathrobe.

A dark tone and good performances make this well worth checking out.

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