Memento (movie)

2000 film by Christopher Nolan

Memento is a 2000 American mystery-thriller movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. The movie's script was based on a pitch by Jonathan Nolan, who wrote the 2001 story "Memento Mori" from the concept. Guy Pearce stars as a man who, as a result of an injury, has anterograde amnesia (the inability to form new memories) and has short-term memory loss approximately every fifteen minutes. He is searching for the people who attacked him and killed his wife, using an intricate system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos to track information he cannot remember.

Memento
Directed byChristopher Nolan
Produced bySuzanne Todd
Jennifer Todd
Screenplay byChristopher Nolan
StarringGuy Pearce
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joe Pantoliano
Music byDavid Julyan
CinematographyWally Pfister
Edited byDody Dorn
Distributed byNewmarket
Release date
September 5, 2000 (Venice)
March 16, 2001 (United States)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4.5 million
Box office$39.9 million

The movie is presented as two different sequences of scenes interspersed during the movie: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order (simulating for the audience the mental state of the protagonist). The two sequences meet at the end of the movie, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.

Memento premiered at the 57th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2000, and was released in the United States on March 16, 2001. It was acclaimed by critics, who praised its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception, and earned $39.9 million over a $4.5 million budget. Memento received numerous accolades, including Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The movie is now widely regarded as one of Nolan's finest works and one of the best movies of the 2000s. In 2017, the United States Library of Congress deemed the movie and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  France 11 October 2000
  United Kingdom 20 October 2000
   Switzerland 26 October 2000 (German speaking region)
  Ireland 27 October 2000
  Spain 19 January 2001
  Italy 19 January 2001
  Belgium 31 January 2001
  Netherlands 8 March 2001
  Australia 12 April 2001
  New Zealand 12 April 2001
  Denmark 20 April 2001
  Greece 26 April 2001
  Iceland 27 April 2001
  Hungary 17 May 2001
  United States 25 May 2001
  Norway 1 June 2001
  Finland 15 June 2001
  Russia 27 June 2001
  Peru 28 June 2001
  Singapore 28 June 2001
  Portugal 29 June 2001
  South Africa 6 July 2001
  Sweden 13 July 2001
  Mexico 14 July 2001
  Turkey 27 July 2001
  Israel 9 August 2001
  South Korea 25 August 2001
  Czech Republic 30 August 2001
  Brazil 31 August 2001
  Hong Kong 11 October 2001
  Austria 9 November 2001
  Poland 16 November 2001
  Lithuania 30 November 2001
  Slovakia 6 December 2001
  Germany 13 December 2001
  Estonia 4 January 2002
  Argentina 7 February 2002
  Taiwan 22 February 2002
  Chile 2 May 2002
  Uruguay 3 May 2002
  Colombia 17 May 2002
  Bulgaria 29 November 2002
  Kuwait 1 January 2003