Last night I watched Imaginaerum, a movie about a man who is trapped within his own mind and the daughter who thought that he had shut her out.
Nope, that does it absolutely NO justice.
The concept of the movie is that Tom, a musician and composer, is on his death bed. Through a series of fantasy/sci-fi type flashbacks, he is reliving his youth, only you can see that he had some serious issues throughout his youth and well, through his whole life, really.
His daughter, an angry woman who feels like he spent his entire life pushing her away, is coming down to make the decision whether or not to sign a DNR order (this is never said in exact words, but you know that’s what she’s doing) and she has lost no love for the man in the bed whom she believes never really cared for her, only for his music.
Going back with Tom through the disjointed memories of his childhood, complete with absolutely hauntingly beautiful cinematography and incredible music, is like seeing into the mind of someone tormented by mental health issues. The black clouds of the unknown, the distorted figures, the beauty in even the darkest memories.
As the movie plays on, we get to see more of Tom as an older man and we get to watch as his daughter slowly becomes aware of her actual place in his life and his heart. For many long scenes of the movie, I felt like I was frozen in place, almost as Tom is laying on his death bed in the hospital, involuntarily held captive by the scenery and the music.
Without giving away the ending, I will say that I left the movie sobbing. It’s no “Hollywood Blockbuster”, it’s simple and yet complex, daring and raw and real.
I was thrilled to find this on YouTube today, and so I leave you with the music and hope you find a way to check out this incredible movie.