Memento (movie)

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

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.

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 dates[change | change source]

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