If you haven’t watched the short film Apricot by filmmaker Ben Briand, you should take a mental break from the mundane and step into this dreamlike ten minute masterpiece. Created by Moonwalk Films (the same powerhouse that created Signs,) this film is in itself an invitation to take a “mental break” from the present and explore the importance of our memories. How sharp and clear is the memory of your first love? The main male character in the film repeatedly says, “I can’t remember”. In many ways, I identify with this man.
The visual aspect and propensity for details are not my memory’s strong suit. I can recall the name and vague appearance of my first love, and when I pass someone wearing the cologne he wore, I remember the way I felt the first time we kissed. What conversations did we have? What likes and dislikes? What ended it all? I can’t really remember. It’s all one fuzzy, dreamy blur from youth that makes me smile at the ridiculousness of it and feel a twinge of saddness that it came to an end. (more…)