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Omer Fast’s Remainder

Omer Fast, Remainder, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 97 minutes. Right: Unnamed protagonist (Tom Sturridge). Production still. Photo: Chris Harris.

“THERE’S ALSO A BOY I keep seeing. When everything’s right, he’ll appear.” The nameless, amnesiac protagonist of Omer Fast’s new film, Remainder—which premiered this past October at the BFI London Film Festival—orchestrates a meticulous reenactment of a barely remembered scene to precipitate the appearance of this child, seemingly a younger self clad in a red and blue windbreaker. After being severely injured by a piece of falling debris, the protagonist finds his physical debilitation matched by the psychic trauma of living without memory, with every action feeling labored and artificial. Mental flashes of the boy holding out his hand begin to appear like a promise of recovered authenticity. At first his face is blurry, but gradually it sharpens and he is enveloped into a larger mise-en-scène that includes a man fixing a motorcycle, an elderly woman frying liver, a

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