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The Memory of a Killer (2003)
"De zaak Alzheimer" (original title)

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Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer.

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Laurien Van den Broeck ...
Bieke Cuypers
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Vader Cuypers
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Werner De Smedt ...
Hilde De Baerdemaeker ...
Linda de Leenheer
Geert Van Rampelberg ...
Tom Coemans
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Angelo Ledda
Patrick Descamps ...
Gilles Resnais
Anne-Caroline Suberville ...
Dienster
Jan Dyck ...
Taxi Driver
Miek Van Bocxtaele ...
Receptionist (as Miek Van Bocxstaele)
Deborah Ostrega ...
Anja
Gene Bervoets ...
Seynaeve
Els Dottermans ...
Eva Van Camp
Lucas Van den Eynde ...
Bob Van Camp
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Vincke and Verstuyft are one of the best detective teams of the Antwerp police force. When they are confronted with the disappearance of a top official and the murder of two prostitutes, the trail leads to the almost retired assassin Angelo Ledda. Since Ledda starts showing symptoms of Alzheimer's, it's getting more and more difficult to complete his contracts. When he has to murder a 12-year old call-girl, he refuses and becomes a target himself. While Vincke and Verstuyft are chasing him and counting the corpses, Ledda is taking care of his employers. Written by BlackHawk

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26 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,254 (USA) (26 August 2005)

Gross:

$332,015 (USA) (4 November 2005)
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The director (a big RAFC supporter) insisted that actor Gene Bervoets (a Beerschot supporter) whistle the anthem of RAFC in a scene where he's in the car (Beerschot and RAFC are both football clubs in Antwerpen, with 100 years of enmity dividing their fans). Gene Bervoets, however, agreed to do as requested immediately. Since his character is a complete bastard, he thought it quite logical that he would be an RAFC-fan. See more »

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While the movie is set in 1995 the locomotive seen in the opening scene (7772) didn't enter service until 2003. See more »

Quotes

Seynaeve: [when seeing Ledda] But... you're dead!
Angelo Ledda: No... YOU are dead!
[shoots Seynaeve]
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References Memento (2000) See more »

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Some Of Us
Performed by Starsailor
Courtesy of EMI Music Ltd.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Played during end credits
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A professional looking movie from Belgium
25 January 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Only a handful of Belgian movies haven't given me the feeling that they were produced locally and with a limited budget. This is one of them, not surprisingly because it was done with a larger budget than usual (but still quite small by Hollywood standards). I feel it has everything in place to rival any Hollywood production. The most important asset of the movie however is veteran actor Jan Decleir, a man who was already indirectly nominated a few times for the Oscars via the foreign movies section. Jan Decleir is brilliant and outclasses everyone else on the set (as he often does). The rest of the cast consists of good and not so good actors (some come from terrible Flemish soap series), but somehow everyone seems to rise above him/herself on this occasion and everyone deliver a decent performance. The photography, camera-work, everything's done quite professionally. The difference with many Hollywood action movies is the fact that the plot is quite good. The fact that the main character has Alzheimer's and that he has to use his ever shrinking mental capabilities to finish his quest, is an original twist. People will compare Alzheimer's to Memento, because of the main character's memory loss. But Memento was conceived to challenge viewers, to baffle them, to be perceived as intelligent and artistic. By contrast this movie is more down to Earth, more realistic and in the end simply something completely different. It's nothing more than an original cop-movie, good entertainment and certainly something I'd recommend, even to non Belgian or non-Dutch speaking viewers. Plans are underway for a Hollywood remake of this movie, so it must be other people have recognized its potential too. One word of caution though. Many people say the movie is a bit too long. That's a sentiment I share. At the end the plot loses a bit of its strength. But overall i'd label 'De zaak Alzheimer' a good movie.


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