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Jul
12
comment What really happened in Memento?
@KevinHowell: Oh and one last point, since I can't comment directly on your answer (not enough reputation). You say that "there is no actual medical condition like Leonard's", but it appears there is: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anterograde_amnesia
Jul
12
comment What really happened in Memento?
@KevinHowell: that's a good point. However the true Jenkins story was "recorded" by Lenard before the aggression. After that he is unable to create new memories, but maybe (probably) his brain can still "edit" existing memories. According to scientists, every time we remember something, the brain actually re-creates the memory from various pieces of information, and in the process the memory can be (and often is) slightly distorted. So the Jenkins case becomes a mix of a real case (Jenkins the fraud) and Lenard's experience. I don't think it contradicts the "can't create new memories" rule.
Jul
12
comment What really happened in Memento?
@amiregelz: I think the car accident is only related to the real Jenkins story, and doesn't really have any significance regarding what happens to Lenard himself (is it Lenard or Leonard?...). Lenard just mentions it about the Jenkins case. If we accept that Jenkins was actually a fraud, then the car accident may have really happened and was used by Jenkins as an excuse to justify his faked condition. Anyway I don't think it's an important element of the plot (it's only mentioned once if I'm not mistaken).