A wise man once said, Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. Well, actually it was Fred Savage playing troubled teen Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years, but its still an apt quote in relation to Ben Brainds touching short Apricot.
Memories are often all we have of past times and past loves, but what if we lost these memories, how would not remembering the there and then, affect us in the here and now.
Written and Directed by Briand, Apricot tells the story of a young couple on a date early in their relationship, they sit in a restaurant, reminiscing of first kisses and first loves over a fresh cup of coffee. However, as the date progresses it quickly becomes apparent that this trip down memory lane has an ulterior motive for one of the potential lovers.
For a film all about memories and what triggers them, Briand and his team have paid a close eye to details and created a film which evokes a dreamlike state for its viewers (almost as if the Director is encouraging the viewer to float off into their own memories whilst watching the his film). Beautifully shot by Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, the dreamy visuals float across the screen, just as they would float across the memory banks of the mind. Every shot is composed and lit superbly, the date scene speckled with artificial light and framed so the couple seem the only people in the buzzing restaurant. The memory sequences opt for a more personal feel, bathed in sunlight with people and objects drifting in and out of focus (almost as if they are some of the best home movies youve ever seen). A sprawling, unobtrusive score from Basil Hogios, combines with a soundtrack of distant thunder and rumbling winds, helping to merge the worlds of reality and memory seamlessly together.
Dialogue also plays a huge part in the feel and the flow of Apricot and Briand has obviously taken great consideration into ensuring the pitch of the dialogue marries up with the other contributing elements of his short. With lines like He could stare at the Sun longer than anyone I ever met and He always covered his collarbone uttered throughout the film, the unrealistic, almost poetic dialogue also adds to the trancelike feel of Apricot.
There are some films made to provoke anger or disgust from its audience, some films made solely for laughs and some to evoke forgotten memories, Briands Apricot is definitely the latter. A film for the dreamers, A film for the romantics and in my opinion a film for film lovers.