What if you were told that every moment you experienced and every memory you held dear never happened? Telly Paretta is tormented by the memory of her eight-years-old son Sam's death in a plane crash 14 months ago. While trying to work through her grief, and her subsequent estrangement from her husband Jim, she is informed by her psychiatrist, Dr. Munce, that she is suffering from delusions, thar her son never existed and she is fabricating his memories. Stunned, she tries to find evidence of Sam's existence photo, video, scrapbooks... But it has all disappeared. Telly is convinced she is going mad until she meets Ash Correll, the father of one of the other plane crash victimes. Together, they embark on a search to prove the existence of their children and reclaim their sanity...
Patient and doctor
Julianne Moore plays Telly Paretta. The character of Telly Paretta is a tour de force role, requiring an actor who can deliver on the possibility that the character may have had a psychotic breakdown, but at the same time the audience identifies with her and iscompletely behind her. Julianne Moore was noticed in THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE (1992). She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for both Robert Altman’s SHORT CUTS (1993) and starred in THE LOST WORLD (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg.
In 2002, Julianne Moore received two acting Oscar nominations such as Best Actress for FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002) directed by Todd Haynes and Best Supporting Actress for THE HOURS (2002) directed by Stephen Daldry from which she received numerous honors for her performance. She starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the blockbuster hit HANNIBAL (2001) directed by Ridley Scott and director Ivan Reitman’s sci-fi comedy EVOLUTION (2001) opposite David Duchovny, as well as the remake of PSYCHO (1998) directed by Gus Van Sant.
Dream or souvenir?
Motion pictures, at their best, can transport the viewer into an altered state, so it’s only fitting that screenwriter Gerald DiPego took his inspiration for The Forgotten from a dream. In the dream there was a family photograph — a mother, a father and a young son. Slowly, the son’s image began to fade, finally disappearing. DiPego jolted awake. He looked at the clock. It was 6:30 in the morning. He remained fixated on the distressing image in the dream and started to build on it. By 8:30, he recalls, he woke up his wife and told her “I think I have a story.”