Forget Me Not (Vergiss mein nicht) is a documentary by David Sieveking. In it he tells the story of his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

The film is presented as a fly on the wall documentary, but it doesn’t really concern itself with keeping the style completely nor is it particularly important. Sieveking’s parents are fascinating people with strong political opinions and an interesting view of marriage. His mother’s disease becomes the catalyst of the discovery of their past. This is interwoven with scenes that underline the toll the disease has taken on his mother. It’s really quite sad to witness him delve into the person that she was because for all intents and purposes, that person is gone.

However, the film goes on for a good ten to fifteen minutes too long. There’s a very defined point where the film could have ended but instead it goes on to bluntly slam the message of the film straight in your face. Twice! It’s a shame because it had been well handled up until that point. The film also doesn’t hit as hard as it aims to do, but any given viewers’ proximity to the disease absolutely increases the impact.

Final Verdict: Forget Me Not is a rather tragic portrayal of a person who’s gone but not dead, a fate that sends ripples through any family. It doesn’t quite nail it though, being overlong and not really managing to maintain an emotional connection.

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