Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March
, Bright Leaves
) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. A meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide.
The most Proustian of Mr. McElwee's documentaries. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Ross McElwee adds another wonderful personal memoir, a film that is both forward-looking and elegiac. Grade: A --Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
With droll wit and fearless instinct for turning an unblinking lens on his life's minutiae, Ross McElwee continues his Socratic mandate of living a fully examined life with the assured and insightful "Photographic Memory," in which the inevitable sojourn into his past once again helps him understand the present and brace for the future. The pic's pleasures are subtle yet resonant. --Eddie Cockrell, Variety