Deserving of a greater deal of recognition Forget Me Not is a British romantic drama which does not disappoint. Directed by a duo of also rather unknown British directors, Alexander Holt and Lance Roehrig, this film conveys an incredible amount of various emotions through strong performances from its leading actors creating a work of intense beauty and sorrow.
Similarly to Chris Evans’ directorial-debut film Before We Go, the film takes place during the course of a single night. However, unlike the former, Forget Me Not presents characters for whom the audience can feel attached to and truly care about, providing an excellent mix of love and tragedy. Will Fletcher (Tobias Menzies) is a failed musician who plays regularly in a bar across the street from his apartment. Lonesome and Will sees very little left to live for. As the film begins, we see a contrast between Will performing, seeming content and full of talent, and him returning home after the gig almost attempting suicide. However, Eve (Genevieve O’Reilly) as will be the case several times throughout the film, a barmaid from the bar inadvertently interrupts him by calling him as he has left his guitar in the bar. Little do they know that they will spend the rest of the night together, finding in each other the solution to each other’s dilemmas. Set across the backdrop of London’s nightlight, Forget Me Not causes both delight and grievance amongst its audience in a surprisingly unique fashion.
The true distinction between films such as Before We Go or Before Sunrise and Forget Me Not originates in Tobias Menzies’ character Will. He is the reason as to why the film takes place across 24 hours rather than days or weeks. Through its protagonist the film is able to associate romance with despair and hopelessness creating an end result of beautiful melancholy. The audience is taken along for the same ride as Will as he alternates between polar opposite states of mind keeping them invested and on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Genevieve O’Reilly’s character Eve provides a beacon of hope to Will in tremendous fashion. Through her appearance in his life, Eve literally saves Will’s life on several occasions without even realising it. During each suicide attempt, she interrupts him inadvertently, on each occasion providing him with a reason to live. Neither character realises to what extent they mean to each other and how they both represents what they have been looking for individually. Through Eve, Will is allowed to see what awaits him in the future, for better and for worse.