Memoria (2016) is a film based on one of the short stories from James Franco's book California Childhood. A recount of troubled adolescence, it tells the story of Ivan Cohen, a teenager trying to find acceptance and belonging in some part of his life. There are all the classic elements of a dark story like this one: drugs, sex, and catharsis through writing, which Ivan hopes will help him make sense of his life. James Franco himself makes a cameo as Ivan's kindhearted teacher who tries to encourage him, but is it enough? We won't spoil the surprise, but we will say that Ruby Modine topless during a sex scene is enough for us.