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REW FFWD (1994)

A young photographer is on assignment in Jamaica. It's a cultural shock. First anguished, he later becomes quite fascinated by the people he meets, their neighborhood and their music.


Denis Villeneuve
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Complete credited cast:
Alma Mockyen Alma Mockyen ... La voix de la radio
Michael Smith Michael Smith ... Mike
Massive Dread Massive Dread ... Le chanteur philosophe
Bronco Billy Bronco Billy ... Le philosophe zen
Ronald Nalty Ronald Nalty ... L'ingénieur
Aggrey Irons Aggrey Irons ... Le psychologue radiophonique (as Dr. Aggrey Irons)
Hector Stewart Hector Stewart ... Le mécanicien
Guy Soucy Guy Soucy ... le patron du Periscope Magazine
Stephan Cloutier Stephan Cloutier ... Narrateur - le photographe paranoïaque (voice)
Adrian Devine Adrian Devine ... Narrateur - la voix du patron du Periscope Magazine (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorne Brass Lorne Brass ... Narrator (voice)


A young photographer is on assignment in Jamaica. It's a cultural shock. First anguished, he later becomes quite fascinated by the people he meets, their neighborhood and their music.

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English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1994 (Switzerland) See more »

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REW FFWD See more »

Filming Locations:

Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A puzzle worth solving
25 November 2017 | by horsebeaverfoxmanSee all my reviews

As Denis Villeneuve's first crack at filmmaking, "RWD FFWd" is pretty damn good. It isn't coherent or logical, but it works if you meet the film on its own weird, disjointed level.

Its story -- if one can call it that -- is fractured, both by design and by the way it's told. The narrative is told from the perspective of the "black box" of memory, and the events unfold as if your uncle sat on the remote control while the film was playing and the movie is skipping or rewinding through entire sequences and scenes.

The story we are provided with, therefore, is broken twofold. Once by Villeneuve's writing and another time by his editing. Yet the film recalls "Memento" in that Villeneuve gives us a narrator, Lorne Brass, to explain the madness.

The narrative style may alienate some, as might the precise, directorial voice-over from Brass, but the rambling story and the poetic execution of its Jamaican- documentary premise is worth investigating. It's only 30 minutes, after all. But what an enigmatic thrill those 30 minutes are.

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