By Eliza Parr
After I watched Joanna Hogg’s 2019 movie The Memento for the primary time, it stopped me in my tracks. I discovered its depiction of a primary, painful love — and the best way it captured the evolution of an artist’s voice — lovely and delicate, and the movie lingered with me lengthy afterwards. It was not that these emotions have been acquainted to me: I’m not a movie scholar, I’m not relationship an older, manipulative man and, after all, I’m not dwelling within the early eighties. In truth, I’ve little in widespread with the movie’s central character, Julie. We’re simply each younger ladies, dwelling in London, attempting to make it work.
Julie, performed by Honor Swinton Byrne (important image, above), lives in a duplex flat with two bedrooms on its floor ground, one among which is sublet. Her personal bed room is roofed in a metallic wallpaper that clashes with a large, ornate golden headboard. On the second ground, a slim galley kitchen is separated from the open-plan dwelling and eating room by a wall lined in sq. mirrored tiles. Her desk sits below the window, the place she writes her screenplay searching over Knightsbridge.
The flat is spacious for one individual, principally easy and in locations fairly unattractive. This is smart for Julie, who lives right here courtesy of her dad and mom. Whereas Julie develops her personal distinct directorial fashion at movie faculty, she has little curiosity in cultivating an inside fashion at house. She is solely capable of exist right here, unencumbered by the widespread hurdles of being a 20-something hustling within the huge metropolis.
I’m obsessive about the small particulars of this flat, even the tasteless ones. Though she lacks an eye fixed for design, Julie has the uncommon luxurious of a safe London house. The flat isn’t cramped or damp-ridden and her landlords are her doting dad and mom. There’s lots of pure gentle and she or he apparently will get some say over whether or not she wants a housemate or not.
All through the movie, Julie straddles childhood and maturity, sustaining her own residence whereas missing monetary independence. But the flat, which is modelled on director Joanna Hogg’s personal scholar pad, offers her a secure house to develop, navigate a relationship and discover her voice as a film-maker.
The house feels each utterly atypical and utterly unattainable within the London of 2023. I don’t need Julie’s actual flat — effectively, maybe if it was picked up and dropped in east London, with some extra artwork on the partitions and much more color. Her wall of mirrors appears nice however I’d in all probability knock via to deliver the kitchen into the primary room. And as spectacular as it’s, the grand golden mattress body would additionally must go.
Design selections apart, Julie’s flat is a fantasy as a result of I wish to think about myself some day confidently proudly owning a spot like this: an area from which I’ll nurture my profession, my friendships, my relationship — and myself.
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