Deadwood presents “Recollection” – a timeless journey through a fragmented past
Directed by Simon Gustafsson, this a film for Deadwood, a Swedish fashion brand that manufactures clothes from recycled leather, was shot on 16mm over two long summer days in the middle of Sweden. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s dreamlike and poetic storytelling, Gustafsson decided to explore the concept of recollection and our understanding of time. He has subsequently created a film that looks as though it could have been shot in the ‘50s just as easily as today, highlighting the timelessness of Deadwood clothing.
The story is told through the memories of a group of friends and their reflections on a summer they once spent together in the countryside. By working with independent scenes that depict this fragmented summer, rather than presenting the story in a linear timeline, we follow their ups and downs without ever really finding out the cause behind it. There’s a lot to the story that we can’t see, creating a feeling of mystery and making us want to see more.
The beautiful background song, Do You Ever Remember? recorded in 1961 by Molly Drake, enhances the narrative even more, adding a sense of fragility. Gustafsson’s idea was that the soundtrack could have been made by one of our characters, singing and playing the piano in their home, looking back on the time they once spent together.