›› The Memory of You - Minnet av Dig ‹‹

a short film by Nils Janlert.

2015 | 11 mins | Sweden.

a captivating ode to the love that could have been.

Dave says:

Have you ever gotten over your first love, only to realize that you never really have? Well this intense short film from writer and director Nils Janlert vividly taps into the emotions of what could have been, over what now is.

And it all began on a quiet night on a Stockholm side street that found Adam (Emil Jonsson) taking his wife out for dinner. Only just minutes upon entering the restaurant, Adam makes an excuse to leave, having seen moments earlier an art exhibition held on the same street by his former lover Erik (Mikael Bergsten). Meeting together for the first time since their break up, it soon becomes apparent that Erik has never gotten over his love for Adam, only for the man himself to have seemingly moved on, his sexuality now firmly of the hetero kind, complete with family. Yet as the two men reminisce about times past, it equally becomes clear that Adam still holds deep-rooted feelings for Erik.

Filmed in a continuous single take that wonderfully captures the raw emotions of the characters - without break, this captivating ode to the love that could have been has a remarkable honesty to it, as the Bergsten / Jonsson pairing achingly express feelings of love, regret and longing. Indeed, as an introspective piece this work has a lot to say about life and relationships; those that are, those that were and of those quiet moments of reflection, when you think of what could have been. A simple scenario perhaps; but beautifully played nonetheless.

›› available as part of THE SWEDISH BOYS shorts compilation.
›› posted: Wednesday, 7th April, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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