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Novo Review

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Graham's short term memory has a capacity of a few minutes. He no longer remembers his wife, his child, or his best friend. Working as a photocopying clerk, everyone around him has their reasons for wishing him and wishing him not to recover.

★★★★★

Made only two years after Memento, it’s no wonder that the release of this memory-loss movie was delayed. In comparison with the dazzling invention and compelling action of Christopher Nolan’s modern masterpiece, Novo is notably lacking in any creative approach to the topic of amnesia.

Director Limosin tries to make his film equal parts love story and slow-burning mystery, but neither strand involves us or manages to develop on its initial, and very basic, ideas. With sporadic bursts of clunky dialogue and empty-headed plotting added to the mix, this is really nothing but an undercooked TV movie of the week, with subtitles adding a supposed air of respectability. The one saving grace is the performance of Anna Mouglalis, who adds much-needed charm and vitality to proceedings.

Director Limosin's film never manages to adequately interest us or even hold our attention, with this uncomfortable mish-mash never really finding its feet. Treat yourself, and rent Memento instead.