‘Beyond Memories’ from Lexus Short Films Is Majestic
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The thirst for original programming, driven by the internet and online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Blip, yields a near-limitless supply of brilliant works from myriad artists whose talents transcend medium and archaic business models. One of the byproducts of frictionless distribution for creative works is the creative collaboration of cinematic artists with financial backers interested in a branded presence on the internet. Spanish filmmaker Cristina Molino’s nine-minute masterpiece, “Beyond Memories” is an exquisite work, with meaning that evokes emotions difficult to express in any cinematic canvas, let alone one so relatively short, but so artistically elegant.
Australian actress Jolene Anderson is Sophie, haunted by her departed lover from a previous life whose presence is marked by an amulet; the treasured necklace becomes representative of the memory of the glorious passion she felt when they were together. What comes alive is the difference between memory and memories — memories as occasion with precise feelings of joy or pain, while memory is the cacophony of varied emotions that struggle to gain an upper hand on your consciousness. Anderson is torn between holding the forever symbolism of her lover’s gift and the agony of reliving every serene moment of her personal bliss. The film’s immaculate depiction of setting — a cabin in the woods by a rushing stream — represents isolation and fear yet, somehow, searching for the ephemeral hope found in the water’s cleansing spirit. The picturesque yet brooding backdrop of Northern California provides a stormy contrast for this taut drama.
Lexus Short Films is part of the automobile manufacturer’s branding campaign whose message is “striking new designs and a more engaging driver’s experience.” As part of its goal to convey is brand through new media, Lexus approached The Weinstein Company to produce a series of short films that provide inspiration to viewers. Molino, whose works have appeared in a number of juried film competitions, is previously best known for her award-winning short film “¿Te vas?” (Are you leaving?), written and directed by Cristina Molino, produced by Molino through her own production company Think Mol.