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given us oodles of movies inspired by and shot during the event, from the very good (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) to the very wretched (Songbird, about “COVID 23”) to the unfairly maligned I still think Locked Down, with Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, deserved more love.
Then there’s Little Fish. It’s very, very good. But it’s not a pandemic movie. It just feels like one.
Get this: A mysterious illness is spreading around the world. Borders are sealed, flights grounded. Local travel is discouraged. Masks are worn. A White House spokesman warns people against a dangerous homemade “cure.”
But the source material is a short story from 2011, by novelist Aja Gabel, and directed by Chad Hartigan. And the film was shot a year before COVID. How eerie is that?
The disease in question is called NIA, for Neuro Inflammatory Infliction. It causes Alzheimer’s like symptoms in otherwise healthy young adults, sometimes over months, sometimes in a day.
Article content Contagion meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fear of losing your memories is a primal terror, for it is akin to losing your very self. Emma, a veterinarian, responds by starting a journal. Jude, a photographer, starts labeling his pictures with helpful tags like “Emma. Wife.” Memory tattoos become popular, although no one directly name checks Memento.
The couple discuss “haptic memories,” the notion that a touch can be a powerful reminder. They engage in gallows humour: What if the only person immune to the pandemic already has Alzheimer’s? And they ask questions those of us in the real world have had to confront: “When your disaster is everyone’s disaster, how do you grieve?”
It’s beautiful and sometimes sad, by turns hopeful and scary and funny, and anchored by two strong performances, Cooke speaking in her native Manchester accent and O’Connell doing a fair non descript North American. (There are so many great British actors floating about these days that I imagine them flipping tuppence to see who’ll be the non Brit.)Story continues below
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Article content It’s weird to see our world reflected in Little Fish. But the story would be worth seeking out even if it weren’t such a prescient peculiarity, Contagion meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That extra frisson of recognition is just the icing on this narrative cake.
Ry Barrett and Joanna Saul in Open Your Eyes. Photo by Matchbox Pictures Inc. Sager. This one was shot in the midst of lockdown, and it shows.