Cinéfest Sudbury Virtual 2021

Memory Box

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On Christmas Eve in Montreal, Alex (Vauthier) and her mother Maia (Turki) receive a package in the mail. Inside are the countless notebooks, cassettes, and photographs that a younger Maia (Issa), between the ages of 13 and 18, sent from Beirut to her best friend who had left for Paris to escape the war. Maia refuses to open this Pandora’s box. Alex, on the other hand, is irresistibly attracted to these testimonies of an unknown past and discovers, between fantasy and reality, her mother’s tumultuous adolescence, her first love, and the murderous war that rages, bringing to the surface well-kept secrets. With these revelations, Alex will convince her mother to return to Lebanon, after 25 years of exile, to face the ghosts of her past.


À Montréal, la veille de Noël, Alex et sa mère Maia reçoivent par la poste un colis contenant les innombrables cahiers, cassettes et photos que Maia, entre 13 et 18 ans, a envoyés de Beyrouth à sa meilleure amie partie à Paris pour échapper à la guerre civile libanaise. Maia refuse d’ouvrir cette boîte de Pandore, mais malgré l’interdiction de sa mère, Alex y plonge et découvre, entre fantasme et réalité, l’adolescence tumultueuse de sa mère, entre premiers émois amoureux et guerre meurtrière, faisant remonter à la surface des secrets bien gardés. Tout un passé qui rapprochera mère et fille, jusqu’à les emmener au Liban, après 25 ans d’exil, pour enfin affronter les fantômes de Maia.


  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
    In French, Arabic and English with English subtitles
  • Country
    France/Lebanon/Canada/Qatar
  • Note
    Distributed by: Les Films Opale
  • Director
    Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
  • Cast
    Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier, Clémence Sabbagh, and Hassan Akil