“You Go To My Head” – what happens when you don’t remember anything?
You Go To My Head begins along a desolate stretch of the Sahara, where car accident leaves a young woman (Dafne) lost, alone, and confused, after her partner Ben dies in the crash. Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious, suffering from post-traumatic amnesia, and takes her back to his place for medical attention. The doctor says she may never recover her memory, and takes it upon himself to tell her they are married, and have been for six year. He calls her Kitty and grooms her to be the wife he didn’t have.
As Kitty/Dafne struggles to come to grips with who she really is, Jake keeps inventing an elaborate life that they can share – the life he has always yearned for. As time passes, she starts to question him about her past, as she tries to put things straight, while Jake takes steps to ensure he will not lose the love of his life.
At first, it’s unclear what Jake’s motives are, but midway through he says to Kitty, “Sometimes starting over gives you and opportunity to be who you want to be. Maybe we both can.” The creep factor enters stronger here, and one can only watch and wait as to what direction this takes next. There are several questionable moments throughout the movie as to why Kitty remains, without questioning, but that soon changes.
It’s a cleverly done film, one that stretches scenes out to create a prolonged effect of thought. There’s actually no dialogue until around the 12-minute mark. The desert landscape acts as a beautiful backdrop throughout, creating a feeling of calm contemplation, and a place to reflect, which both individuals do.
It’s unclear what either’s real past is, but it appears there may have been someone in Jake’s life previously. Why does his house have a full wardrobe of women’s clothes that perfectly fit Kitty, and a well-stocked makeup counter, when he lives on his own? Without a doubt though, the luxurious house that Jake constructed overlooking the desert landscape is a visual delight.
Clocking it at two hours, it’s a long, slow moving production, and when the climax is revealed in the last five minutes, it makes one wonder, was this all a dream?
Based on and idea, and Directed by Dimitri de Clercq. Starring Delfine Bafort, and Svetozar Cvetkovic. Music by Hacene Larbi carries the film wonderfully.
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