NOSTALGIA

A mosaic of stories about love and loss, 'Nostalgia' explores our relationships to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.
Director: 
Mark Pellington
Cast: 
Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn
Screenplay: 
Mark Pellington, Alex Ross Perry
Screening Date: 
Feb 10, 2018
Studio: 
Bleecker Street
Running Time: 
114 Minutes
Rating: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
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9.4% 26.9% 23.0% 25.0% 17.3%
“I bet many people in the media group have full closets. Interesting movie even though the people in the movie were not connected. Everyone should see the movie and go home and toss and give away.”
“Nostalgia has a very limited appeal to say politely.”
“Makes you realize what’s important in your life and what other family members would like.”
“This film does a potent job of conveying its message and especially for our aging mass of film goers. It is relentless in conveying it’s message although it feels merciless at times holding camera on such pain as in the daughter’s death. But I come away with note for myself: 1. Weed my shit for good stuff. 2. Make a will 3. Check smoke alarm. Thanks John!”
“Disjointed, repetitious and mostly pointless. Thinking of the losses on California, but poorly depicted! Burstyn was the high point.”
“A beautiful and moving film and a thoughtful meditation in how we invest meaning into things. Where indeed do lives and experiences linger? In the artifacts or in one’s heart? And after the heart has stopped beating, where then?"
“Creative.”
“I can relate to the subject matter. The acting was excellent. It was sad and a little slow moving.”
“The death of the daughter added another dimension. Interesting observation of modern families who have no pictures or objects as memories of the daughter. I think I will go home and leave all my memories in the basement and closets intact. Bruce Dern knew what he was doing.”
“What’s important? What do we leave? Who will find our stuff important? We really need to assess our belongings and get rid of our things to put less burden on others.”
“A touching testimony to aging and change. Acting was excellent. Can relate to the loss of parents and the sadness of revisiting their lives and yours as well.”
“An interesting exploration of the importance of things/objects in the memory of loved ones. Are memories held in the heart or the objects?”
“Well done for the subject. Gets to the heart of things and is a meditation on life’s challenges and makes one think about people, what objects represent. Somehow I didn’t really care about the characters. Very real issues, but heavy and slow.”
“So well written. Very realistic. Good acting, perfectly cast. Running home to organize my photos and print some out! Thank you.”
“Message for a mature audience to throw it away because your treasures are somebody else’s garbage. A bleak slice of life! Riddle: what goes up and never comes down? Your age.”
“No one comes out a winner. A long look at our culture of disposal, both for the young or old. Loss is pervasive as we think about our own lives and the accumulation of stuff. For young people memories and pictures disappear into the closet. Makes me want to immediately rid myself of stuff! Nobody wants it so why save it? Great cast.”
“Well acted and well shot to make up for the lack of pace and plot.”
“An interesting view of how people deal with their treasures. Certainly sad that young people could lose all their music, pictures, writings and if their tech gadgets are destroyed. Hard to realize that one’s treasures are really junk to our children. Good title.”
“Too long. Too close for comfort for this MEA group, but very worthwhile.”
“Maudlin.”
“This film felt like a bad TV movie. It is over written. The music is intrusive. Hits our emotional note over and over again. And really an ad for U-Haul in a movie about our attachments to things.”
“The acting was good but the writing was weak and needed to be much more rigorous, less sentimental and less focused on white middle class nostalgia.”
“Disjointed and slow moving. Important subject matter but underachieved and poorly managed.”
“Way too heavy for the average everyday moviegoer in today’s climate of uncertainty, political unrest and gloomy outcomes. This film was not satisfying and probably will not succeed.”
“Maudlin and very slow!”
“A slow pace atmospheric exploration of loss, attachment and emotional connections. Best performances were Ellen Burstyn and Catherine Keener. Also attempt to explain the tangible vs intangible value of things accumulated over a lifetime. What is most memorable/important. The first part with Bruce Dern could be cut out. Episode with Ellen Burstyn’s burnt home made me think of what those people in California have gone through losing everything in their homes.”
“The film was interesting up to the last quarter. Not sure of how to interpret the movie overall. The acting was flawless. The problem was the screenplay, it was too disconnected at the end and depressing.”
“Too slow and an attempt at a big subject that didn’t work.”
“I get it! Enough. A million laughs not.”
“Slow and sad. Life and loss is part of life, a course, but when you deal with it in real life you get a break from the pain and nostalgia. You tell a joke, have a piece of cake or something. This was unrelenting!”
“A terrific cast wasted!”
“A very noble attempt at a difficult and intriguing subject. In BLADE RUNNER Harrison Ford sees a photo and wonders if he is human or a replicant.”
“Certain tribal people have no possessions. Maybe that’s a good idea.”

If you'd like to know more about the film...

Check out this NEW YORK TIMES article that became the inspiration for NOSTALGIA. Author John Tierney discusses why nostalgia is good for all of us.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/science/what-is-nostalgia-good-for-qui...

Read psychologist Therese Rando's take on how to deal with the shock of losing a loved one unexpectedly.

http://www.legacy.com/news/advice-and-support/article/sudden-death

Check out these tips on how to make going through the items of a deceased loved one a little easier.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gloria-horsley/cleaning-out-a-deceased-l_...