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The Greatest Hits

Harriet travels through time via music, torn between past love and present possibilities.


Why watch this film?

They say that music has the ability to transport us to the past, and The Greatest Hits takes this as a literal premise. The plot of this film, selected at the 2024 SXSW Festival, follows a young woman (Sing Street's Lucy Boynton) who has been trying to overcome the sudden death of her boyfriend for years, but discovers that certain songs allow her to travel to the past... and question everything. Similar to the already classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this film allegorically explores the experience of losing a loved one, the questions that arise from it (could it have been different? was there anything to do to prevent it?), but also the importance of acceptance, letting go, and living in the present. It's uneven, but the premise is interesting, and Boynton delivers a beautiful and melancholic performance.



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Plot summary

Harriet finds art imitating life when she discovers certain songs can transport her back in time – literally. While she relives the past through romantic memories of her former boyfriend, her time travelling collides with a burgeoning new love interest in the present. As she takes her journey through the hypnotic connection between music and memory, she wonders – even if she could change the past, should she?

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Available at home