This is the main driver of the movie; we see Mia, unable to get over her shock, repeatedly revisiting the restaurant to work out what happened. Here she meets up with other survivors and bereaved relatives. She becomes even more desperate to remember when someone accuses her of causing harm by her actions that night.
Alice Winocour makes the film an exploration of the recovery rather than the horror of the attack as most terrorist films do. "'Paris Memories' is an emotionally searing exploration of the rippling effects of trauma, but it's not all doom and gloom. With its emphasis on empathy and solidarity, the film demonstrates that the human spirit can be lifted by something as simple as a hand held in the dark" - Yasmin Omar, Empire.
Virginie Efira, who plays Mia, gets amazing reviews for her performance and it won her the César Award for Best Actress.
“ It’s powerful film-making, grounded by Efira’s enormous, often silent, central performance.”
“It’s a sensitive, careful film with real emotional intelligence, but no less gripping for swerving dramatic fireworks in favour of quieter, more observational moments.”
“Winocour's delicate touch and Efira’s performance pay dividends.”