Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past.
“this is a film about how personal experiences inform a collective truth” Little White Lies
“memory box shows the sophisticated modernity of [Hadjithomas’s and Khalil’s] artistic approach” Hollywood Reporter
“Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige deliver a beautifully poignant intergenerational story” Variety
“a vibrant, technically impressive approach to bringing personal material alive.” Screen Daily
A film by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Language:| French, Arabic, English (English subtitles)
Running time: 102 mins