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Remembering skills is different from remembering facts, and memory is very complex. Forgetting your name is different from forgetting language. For example someone suffering from amnesia might forget whether they like the taste of an apple, but they know what an apple is. If you argue that Leonard would forget reading and writing because he learned those ...


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This question is built on a false premise. At no point does Leonard forget his own name. One of the first lines spoken is Teddy calling him “Lenny”, to which Leonard responds “it’s Leonard”: (Ignore the weird doodle). All he forgets are events that happened after his attack.


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He says it himself several times in the movie: "I can't form new memories." His condition doesn't cause him to forget what happened before his brain was damaged, it only prevents him from forming new memories.


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Lenny is ostensibly suffering from a form of Anterograde amnesia, but as far as I'm aware this is never explicitly confirmed. Whether you believe that Lenny is Sammy Jankins, whether Sammy Jenkins actually exists or whether Lenny has projected aspects of his personal history onto Sammy is irrelevant: the important thing to take away from Lenny's stories is ...


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When Leonard's wife was raped, nobody believed Leonard that there were two people involved. One that Leonard beat down, and a second one: "John G". Leonard: There had to be a second man. It was from behind, I remember. It's about the last thing I do remember. But the police didn't believe me. Teddy, the cop that was working the case of his wife ...


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I think the "I'VE DONE IT" tattoo is an important plot point and maybe even the climax of the movie. Its appearance is a sign Lenny realizes -- if only for a moment, before his next memory lapse -- that he has found a way to get some vengeance and also end his run of murders. Lenny has just written himself a note to get a tattoo of Teddy's license plate ...


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Leonard cannot remember his condition. Sometimes he even forgets what he is doing at the moment. Remember the scenes when he is running because he is being chased or when he drinks the beer with spit in it. He just suddenly loses any clue why is he doing something. After the accident, he said he cannot store recent memories, but he can remember everything ...


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When he wakes up every morning, he doesn't remember that he has amnesia, and doesn't know that he can't form new memories. The "Remember Sammy Jankis" tattoo is a concise way of telling himself that he has the condition that Sammy Jankis claimed to have.


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We don't know for sure why Leonard takes Jimmy's clothes and his car after killing him. All definite facts the movie tells us about his motives, is Leonard's line when he does it: I'd rather be mistaken for a dead guy than a killer. There are a couple of reasonable theories: He wants to escape the guilt of being a murderer, so he takes over the ...


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Ok abdelaziz, I' not sure if you've grasped the concept of Memento... As funny as your frantic panic is, I think I'd better explain.... The film is in reverse order, so the start is the end and vice-versa. Each 'segment' begins just before the preceding one. So although we see Teddy die at the start, he is actually dying at the end of the films chronology....


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I don't think Lenny really cares how much time has passed. He's on a quest for revenge, whether that takes a month, a year or a decade. He intends to keep going until he succeeds, so while the dates may be useful in establishing a more concrete timeline, they aren't going to make a difference to the one question he really cares about - "is it done?" Of ...


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The injury suffered by the main character of Memento was inspired by the real-life case of Henry Molaison, aka H.M.,1 who lost the ability to form new memories (anterograde2 amnesia) as an unexpected side effect of brain surgery.3 A great deal of what we know about the brain, memories, and amnesia are a result of the H.M. case; his tragedy is the only reason ...


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Teddy's only interest is profit. Outside of some self-serving dialogue from the untrustworthy Teddy himself, nothing in the movie suggests Teddy was ever acting out of kindness. Instead, the movie shows Teddy trick Leonard into killing Jimmy because Teddy had stolen from Jimmy -- which is definitely not a way to "help" Leonard. Teddy is not a nice person -...


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It was a trigger to condition the false memory. It's true he remembered Sammy, but every time he looked at the tattoo, he wasn't remembering the real story. Sammy was actually a fraud, but the story that Leonard's tattoo was conditioning him to believe was that Sammy was telling the truth and that he killed his wife, when in reality that was Leonard's own ...


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From the first time I watched the movie it was absolutely clear to me that Natalie DID realize that Leonard is Jimmy's killer. It would be blatantly stupid to assume that a walking time bomb who is known to have killed several people and that shows up in Jimmy's car and even in his suit (!) would have nothing to do with its dead - highly improbable, ...


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Natalie is a bartender. She is dating Jimmy. One day she is tending bar and this guy she's never met (Leonard) shows up, wearing clothes that Natalie knew Jimmy had been wearing earlier. Leonard had come to the bar because he found its address in Jimmy's clothes. Immediately Natalie is worried about Jimmy and suspicious of Leonard. Eventually she believes ...


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The note was written by Natalie, and given by her (off-screen) to her boyfriend, Jimmy. The movie implies that by "after" the note meant "after you make your drug deal." So Jimmy was supposed to go see Natalie after the drug deal. But during the drug deal, Jimmy was killed by Leonard. After killing Jimmy, Leonard put on Jimmy's clothes and assumed ...


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When Natalie first meets Leonard, she does not even know that Jimmy is missing. Actually she mistakes Leonard for him and when she realizes that someone else is wearing her boyfriend's clothes and has his car, she knows something is not quite right. When Leonard enters Natalie's bar, she takes "revenge" on him by serving him the spit cup. She then realizes ...


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While I haven't seen it for quite some time, I'm pretty confident to say, that it isn't ever revealed in the movie and the audience is just not supposed to know. The reason why Leonard has that tattoo saying "never answer the phone" is, that his desease doesn't work that well over the phone, since after some time he doesn't really know who he's talking to, ...


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We never see the "I've done it" tattoo before that scene. It's like a conflicted memory to me. I mean there is no time travel in the film and he doesn't have the tattoo in the present or previous flashbacks. So the new flashback with that tattoo seems to be an effect of Teddy's conversation with him, which might have made Leonard doubt his own life.


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I am afraid that I can't add more than what is already explained in IMDB FAQ: In some cases it is clear that Leonard is talking to the front desk (and at least one time it is Burt since Leonard says "Burt" as if the man on the phone indicated his name). The other times it is most likely Teddy; early in the film Leonard tells Burt to hold all his calls ...


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This is indeed quite a good question and I cannot do much more than recapitulate some speculative things you might have considered yourself already, but let's see. First of all to some degree Natalie serves as a distraction to prove that notes are in no way less treacherous than memories, by being presented as "good" while being revealed to be more and more ...


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Yes, you can. But I am not a lawyer, and very powerful lawyers may think otherwise, and while you may win a lawsuit over it, it will be expensive. From an educational lawyer copyright blog https://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/ While the requisite level of creativity is low, copyright will not protect ideas (including narrative structure or general ...


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Memento is one of those movies that seems to make no sense. None of the characters are trustworthy. We cannot trust the main character since their memory is completely unreliable. Besides Leonard, Teddy would be the most knowledgeable character. His memory is in tact, but he often lies to Leonard to manipulate him. So there is a dilemma, the narration of ...


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I had to watch the movie several times and I also wondered why Natalie didn't realize that Leonard killed Jimmy. The answer is that she DID realize. Watch the scene where she undresses him. It's impossible she saw all the tattoos with "kill him" and all the facts (John or Jimmy G, white male, drug dealer etc) and not figure it all out. But I guess she ...


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That's just a day dream. I think he has it on his chest because he just looked at the photo of him pointing to his chest and Teddy just told him they already killed the second attacker (which that truth is up in the air). He is enjoying the momentary victory, revenge, before he forgets all that he has learned, which happens as soon as he sees the tattoo ...


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check out the 35:29 min of the film , while natalie was touching lenny's chest she asks : and what about here ? lenny answers : maybe its for when i find him you can clearly see a somewhat of a strange volume in his chest , note that it is in the exact place of his "i've done it" tatto and thats also the place where hes pointing out in that picture teddy ...


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The ending (beginning) is that he realizes he is the killer and sets up Teddy for him to discover later. He did suffer the brain trauma, but could not forgive himself and creates a mystery for him to solve to absolve himself. It sounds like you "got" it, but maybe expect more. The story is fairly straight-forward. The story-telling is confusing and ...


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I think there was rape but no murder - only attempted murder. I think the rape/attempted murder scene is really Leonard's last true memory - it's the starting point of all events in the movie and confirmed by Teddy. The tricky part is that there are two different types of memory disfunction at play at the same time with Leonard. The unability to create new ...


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All the tattoos listed by Mistu4u help Leonard in guiding himself to cope with his conditions. However even in this condition he never forgets daily chores like driving, eating, shaving etc. He is also able to use English language comfortably. Through his subconscious he knows about his condition too.


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