Adapted from Tom McCarthy’s cult novel of the same name, this stylish debut sees a young Londoner attempt to reconstruct his memories following a mysterious accident. Fast’s M.C. Escher-esque thriller is handsomely crafted and a thematic cousin to Christopher Nolan’s Memento, but the comparison doesn’t always work in its favour. Remainder can be unnecessarily confusing, and not in a gripping way. All in all, though, Sturridge’s excellent performance and the fi lm’s experimental ambition make for a rewarding experience.
Remainder | Directed by Omer Fast (UK, Germany 2015) with Tom Sturridge. Starts May 12