The Sensational Love Story That Should Win an Oscar

It's strange to feel like you're a part of someone else's love story. That is why, since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023, viewers have reacted so viscerally to the documentary The Eternal Memory. As in: They weep. 

In its profound, eye-opening intimacy, Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi's stunning film, which has landed on several 

Top 10 lists and is presently shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar, is unlike any documentary.

Alberdi essentially buried herself—and her camera—in the relationship of Augusto Góngora and Paulina Urrutia over the course of several years. 

He was a well-known journalist and television personality in Chile. She was a former actress and Minister of Culture and the Arts. 

Augusto was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease after they had been married for 23 years. The Eternal Memory follows them as Paulina cares for Augusto as his illness worsens

and Augusto clings to his identity in his final days—a powerful conclusion to his life's work of ensuring Pinochet's regime's atrocities are not forgotten.

It's a film that entirely recontextualizes how we view the fading of memory and the experience of romance and partnership as one approaches the end of their life.

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