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One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo (2002)

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The casual shopper stocking up at the local Sav-Mart may not pay much attention to the man at the photo counter. They may, in fact, not even see him; he is a fixture. Nina Yorkin notices, though. She greets him with a smile and leaves him with — trusts him with — the precious moments of her family's life, her photos. Sy has seen the loving embraces Nina shares with her husband Will. He has witnessed every family holiday and vacation. He has watched their son Jakob, aka Jake, grow from infancy into a nine-year-old boy. Photo development is a responsibility Sy Parrish takes very seriously. A person's life, after all, in its simplest terms, is nothing more than moments strung together from the second of birth to that final instant when the last breath is drawn. If those moments, all so fleeting, should be preserved, they become memories to be cherished; the more memories, the more important the life. Sy Parrish treasures these moments more than most people do. Sy cherishes these moments even more than the people who live them. If anything, or anyone, should disrupt or interfere with Sy's perception of the picture-perfect family, a family he feels so very much a part of, then he too feels the intrusion. Just as he takes responsibility for preserving the perfect moments, he feels obligated to correct the imperfect ones...

Synopsis

The casual shopper stocking up at the local Sav-Mart may not pay much attention to the man at the photo counter. They may, in fact, not even see him; he is a fixture. Nina Yorkin notices, though. She greets him with a smile and leaves him with — trusts him with — the precious moments of her family's life, her photos. Sy has seen the loving embraces Nina shares with her husband Will. He has witnessed every family holiday and vacation. He has watched their son Jakob, aka Jake, grow from infancy into a nine-year-old boy. Photo development is a responsibility Sy Parrish takes very seriously. A person's life, after all, in its simplest terms, is nothing more than moments strung together from the second of birth to that final instant when the last breath is drawn. If those moments, all so fleeting, should be preserved, they become memories to be cherished; the more memories, the more important the life. Sy Parrish treasures these moments more than most people do. Sy cherishes these moments even more than the people who live them. If anything, or anyone, should disrupt or interfere with Sy's perception of the picture-perfect family, a family he feels so very much a part of, then he too feels the intrusion. Just as he takes responsibility for preserving the perfect moments, he feels obligated to correct the imperfect ones...