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  • Summary: Rachael meets her estranged father, Gene, at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael later tracks him down at an assisted living home only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and thinks he is still a young man. He has no recollection of having a daughter and instead is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. After trying and failing to make him remember her, Rachael eventually decides to go along with her father’s delusions by pretending to be her mother in order to get to know him. Before long, Rachael is visiting Gene every day, finding new ways to bring elements from his past into their present relationship. What began as a search for understanding has become romantic and joyful, but it can’t go on forever. As Rachael pieces together the past and plays out memories for Gene, her need to be seen by her father for who she truly is grows strong. Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Jun 10, 2014
    I Am I is a remarkably assured debut for director Towne, especially since she's onscreen the majority of the time, and her script eschews the rules of the standard Hollywood amnesia plot, instead following its own internal logic while not shying away from the darker implications of its premise.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Jun 11, 2014
    The performances, particularly from Towne and Tighe, go a long way toward making the story’s improbabilities seem trivial.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 13, 2014
    The fault is in Towne’s direction. People sometimes complain that flashy, ostentatious visual stylization takes them out of the movie; what took me out of this movie was its flat, lifeless, unimaginative and conventional visual style.
  4. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jun 12, 2014
    First-time writer-director Jocelyn Towne takes an admirably novel stab at familial dysfunction in her father-daughter drama I Am I, but she proves unable to keep the film's originality from rapidly curdling into preposterousness.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 13, 2014
    This potentially intriguing concept is given disappointingly bland, flat treatment in the Kickstarter-funded project, in which Towne brings professionalism but little personality to both her on- and offcamera roles.
  6. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Jun 17, 2014
    The decisions made by the characters of I Am I feel so rushed that everyone’s emotional compass is either utterly broken, ignored, useless, or frustratingly disorienting.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 12, 2014
    The film, financed by a Kickstarter campaign, looks polished enough. But its investors’ money might have been better spent elsewhere.

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