Remembrance and its corollary opposite forgetfulness are outlining the joints that develop the architectural work of Jay Rao’s 'Unforgettable', being tributary to the creed expressed by the director that forgetfulness is another form of memory.
The story is quite simple: a man wakes up in a hospital and all of his memories are gone. He is practically reborn having to learn most of the normal things life is based on. He doesn’t know his name or his social status, all he knows is that his head hurts and the woman he saw on the streets. The whole trip he goes through to regain at least bits of his memory is quite interesting and worth watching. The cinematography is neat making this short a pleasure to watch. Also, the score is quite good, no flaws and perfect blend with the story.
This short has a poetic background, and this is not that common in today’s cinematography. Beyond the lyricism of each fragment of the short, the shadow play and the magical realism spots, 'Unforgettable' is a story of a destiny – a cruel destiny of a man with almost no background struggling to find a way in life. It is interesting that at no point in this short, the man asks questions about himself; he seems to be aware of his background but still he is involved in a trip of finding his true identity.
We are moving though the scenes of this short as we are floating on water: even if it's cloudy or clear, cold or warm, Jay Rao will not let us touch the earth, but he will take us in this cruise through all the possible moods one can experience. Perhaps this is the greatest merit of 'Unforgettable': it is a film raising questions about the self, the kind of short movie which is tender without being sophisticated.
Review written by Vlad A.G