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Memory and Desire Film – 1998 Adaptation Drama

Memory and Desire

Film – 1998 Adaptation Drama

R16 Restricted
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This debut feature from director Niki Caro follows a Tokyo woman and her fiance who elope to New Zealand. A stunted beginning to their sexual relationship is overcome in a cave on an isolated West Coast beach. Shortly afterwards he drowns. She returns to a suffocating Tokyo before being drawn back to the cave. The restrained study of eroticism and grief was based on a short story by Peter Wells (itself inspired by a true story). Desire was selected for Critics' Week at Cannes (1998), and won best film at 1999's NZ Film Awards and a special jury prize for Caro.

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Title licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

The Soundtrack is available from sounz.org.nz.