Around the World When You Were My Age review – going nowhere fast

A father’s travel photos form the basis of an anodyne trip down memory lane in Aya Koretzky’s meandering essay-film

I couldn’t make friends with this film, an indulgent, self-conscious essay-memoir movie from director Aya Koretzky. It is about her Japanese father Jiro, who in 1970 took off from his home town of Yokohama and travelled through Europe, north Africa, the Middle East and the Us, before settling in Portugal, where Aya was born. He assiduously recorded his travels with photos and made pleasant, anodyne remarks in his journal, which are read aloud here. (“These buildings are amazing”; “The man who created this must have had an amazing spiritual drive”; “America is different from Europe; it seems more liberal and free.”)

At the beginning, the film shows the elderly Jiro digging up his father’s buried trove of prints and negatives (did he really bury them or is it a conceit?
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