Memento | 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Main Plot

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Characters

  • Guy Pearce's character, Leonard, is an amnesiac on a quest to find his wife's killer by relying on tattoos and notes. Guy Pearce
  • Carrie-Anne Moss's character serves as a potential love interest for the protagonist and also aids in manipulating his memory. Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Joe Pantoliano's character, Teddy, plays a significant role as a manipulative and unreliable ally to the main character in Memento. Joe Pantoliano

Ending Explained

In the ending of Memento, Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia seeking revenge for his wife's murder, discovers the truth behind his condition. He realizes that he himself accidentally killed his wife, and his memory loss is a coping mechanism to shield him from the guilt. Leonard chooses to continue living in ignorance, creating a system to constantly search for the elusive John G. to satisfy his need for vengeance. The film ends with Leonard telling himself that he has found John G., implying that he will soon forget everything again.

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Christopher Nolan Guy Pearce Carrie-Anne Moss Joe Pantoliano