Over the last decade, Christopher Nolan
has established himself as one of the most noteworthy mainstream directors working in the industry, mostly due to the unprecedented cultural impact of his three entries in the Batman series (but not to mention high functioning works of originality at the multiplex, such as 2010’s Inception
). His penchant for labyrinthine narrative structure and chronological confusion date back to his delightfully well made feature debut, Following
, winning the top prize at the 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival, exploring themes and motifs he would closely mirror in his significantly successful follow-up, Memento
. A no budget neo-noir, Criterion restores Nolan’s debut from a new digital transfer, making this edition the definitive way to experience an exciting beginning to a fascinating talent.
We meet a young man (Jeremy Theobald
), narrating a story to a stranger that quickly seems to take on ominous dimensions. An aspiring writer, it turns out