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The Memory of a Killer -- Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police departement. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all there effort to catch the murderer.

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Director:
Writers:
Jef Geeraerts (novel)
Carl Joos (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 September 2005 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Stylish Roller Coaster Ride of a Police Thriller See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Laurien Van den Broeck ... Bieke Cuypers

Dirk Roofthooft ... Vader Cuypers

Koen De Bouw ... Eric Vincke
Werner De Smedt ... Freddy Verstuyft
Hilde De Baerdemaeker ... Linda de Leenheer
Geert Van Rampelberg ... Tom Coemans

Jan Decleir ... 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
Anaïs Terryn ... Ine Van Camp
Lone van Roosendaal ... Henriette Seynaeve
Jo De Meyere ... Baron Gustave De Haeck
Johan van Assche ... Van Parys
Roland De Jonghe ... Paolo Ledda
Katrien Vandendries ... Nurse
Ludo Hoogmartens ... Businessman
Bart Slegers ... Lemmens
Marc Peeters ... Opdebeeck
Tom Waes ... Verheyen
Filip Peeters ... Major De Keyzer
Eddy Vereycken ... Dr. Abbeloos
Kristine Arras ... Housekeeper
Vic de Wachter ... Joseph Vlerick
Tom Van Dyck ... Jean de Haeck
Babett Manalo ... Masseuse
Jan Van Looveren ... Police Motorcyclist
Jappe Claes ... Prosecutor Bracke
Marc Janssen ... Chaplain
Peter Borghs ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cela Yildiz ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Erik Van Looy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jef Geeraerts  novel
Carl Joos  screenplay
Erik Van Looy  writer

Produced by
Mark De Geest .... executive producer
Hilde De Laere .... producer
Erwin Provoost .... producer
Sjef Scholte .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck 
 
Cinematography by
Danny Elsen 
 
Film Editing by
Yoohan Leyssens 
Philippe Ravoet 
 
Casting by
Gunter Schmid 
 
Art Direction by
Johan Van Essche 
 
Set Decoration by
Hendrik Van Kets 
 
Costume Design by
Kristin Van Passel 
 
Makeup Department
Fien D'Heu .... assistant makeup artist
Esther De Goey .... makeup department head
Gerda van Hoof .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Guy De Lombaert .... production manager
Alexandra Meese .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddy Stevesyns .... first assistant director
Eric Taelman .... second unit director
Jakob Verbruggen .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ine Cams .... assistant property master
Seppe de Preeuw .... assistant decorator (as Seppe Depreeuw)
Joeri Destrycker .... constructor
Steven Liegeois .... assistant property master
Chris Lievens .... constructor
Hendrik Van Kets .... property master
Jimmy Van Meel .... set dresser
Selwijn Vandenbossche .... construction manager (as Selwyn Vandenbossche)
 
Sound Department
Benoît Biral .... foley recordist
Geert Engels .... sound recordist
Peter Flamman .... sound designer
Peter Flamman .... sound mixer
Thomas Gauder .... post-synchronisation
Orm Sobrino .... sound editor
Pierre Van Caloen .... sound editor
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Wart Wamsteker .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects
Marie Pierre Franck .... special effects (as Marie-Pierre Franckx)
Pierre Wuidart .... special effects
 
Stunts
Willem de Beukelaer .... stunt coordinator
Nicolas de Pruyssenaere .... stunts
Marco Maas .... utility stunts
Ronald Schuurbiers .... stunts
Michel Struik .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François Amadei .... lighting technician: Marseille
Björn Charpentier .... clapper loader
Wim Cloots .... lighting technician
Dieter De Bock .... additional electrician
Jan Dellaert .... focus puller
Romain Gouillard .... grip: Marseille
Mike Haderman .... additional electrician (as Mike Hadermann)
Jean Hertel .... lighting technician: Marseille
Tim Janssens .... additional electrician
An Kenens .... additional electrician
Dries Leerschool .... grip
Dries Leerschool .... key grip
Kurt Reybrouck .... grip (as Kurt Reybroeck)
Jan Rubens .... Steadicam operator
Toon Soetewey .... additional electrician
Michel Struik .... camera car operator
Roel Tanghe .... additional electrician
Wim Temmerman .... gaffer
Dirk Van Rampelbergh .... additional electrician (as Dirk Van Rampelberg)
Jo Vermaercke .... Steadicam operator
Bruno Verstraete .... additional electrician
Bob Wouters .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Patrick Hella .... casting
Jeannette Snik .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Els Cuppens .... costume assistant
Charlotte Willems .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Arnout Deurinck .... on-line editor
Huguette Vanvolsem .... negative cutter (as Huguette van Volsem)
 
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Jimmy Debruyne .... car coordinator
Jo van Hende .... location manager
 
Thanks
Wim De Witte .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"De zaak Alzheimer" - Belgium (original title)
"The Alzheimer Affair" - International (English title)
"The Alzheimer Case" - International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexuality and nudity
Runtime:
123 min | Belgium:135 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Cameo: [Jef Geeraerts]the writer of the novel can be seen on a bench at the police department.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Many of the guns used are ostensibly equipped with silencers, yet they make much more noise than such a gun would make.See more »
Quotes:
Jean de Haeck:I wished...
Baron Henri Gustave de Haeck:"I wished" is for old wives. A man says "I want".
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Movie Connections:
References Zaman (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Some Of UsSee more »

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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Stylish Roller Coaster Ride of a Police Thriller, 21 September 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"The Memory of a Killer (De Zaak Alzheimer)" is a sophisticated synthesis of several genres into a stylish thriller. There's the opening shots of a steam engine, saluting European film noir contrasting with the sharp sunlight of corrupt Marseille; the Georges Simenon-like police investigation contemporized with gritty Brit mystery crimes and the hunky bantering buddy cops where one is a wild rule-breaker and his boss is an Eliot Ness straight arrow; the samurai code of honor; the Western where the old gunslinger takes on one last conflict, like "The Unforgiven" and already adapted to "Man on the Train (L'Homme du Train)"; a revenge showdown, like the recent "Four Brothers"; the memory stream of consciousness tricks of "Memento" and the snappy editing of Hong Kong crime thrillers like "Infernal Affairs (Wu jian dao)." And we even get a "The Sopranos"-like psychological profile of a hit man.

While director Erik Van Looy smoothly integrates all these elements together in adapting what must have been a complex novel, this is terrific, intelligent popular entertainment and only its subtitles keep it in limited release in the U.S. in art houses. Too bad a Hollywood adaptation is inevitable.

The film has an exciting dual structure of following the cops and the criminal as they get intertwined and chase each other, as each sorts out vengeance and some justice (with surprising collateral damage) ever higher up the responsibility ladder so that our sympathies, and theirs, are compromised. While we atypically don't see anything of the cops' personal lives (except with an amusing visual twist that it's the guy in the shower), we do get thrust into their quite believable bureaucratic and legal wranglings, which, while a bit confusing for an American audience, can be inferred to be similar to the jurisdictional conflicts between local police departments and the FBI that we've seen in plenty of movies and TV shows. The English subtitles seem pretty good at communicating the localisms, though some of the cultural conflict in Belgium between French and Flemish speakers is lost, particularly when it is significant which language is being spoken.

The twist that is given away in the original title of the film, translated as "The Alzheimer Affair," is that the highly intelligent and perceptive criminal, the charismatic Jan Decleir, realizes he is losing his memory, and sees his near future clearly in his hospitalized brother. We get inside his head as he is trying to out race not only the cops, his traitorous client and duplicitous boss, but himself, so that his taunt of "too slow" takes on a double meaning. His professionalism takes over even when the flashy cinematography indicates he doesn't quite remember what he's done.

While the body count is high, the violence is one on one and is not gratuitous. Each death ratchets up the tensions and complications as what at first seems street level crime has cynical political implications. Much of the film takes place in the dark, like "Collateral," and while there's a fair amount of sudden coming up from behind scares, that's usually the start of a suspenseful scene where cat and mouse decisions ricochet off in surprising ways.

The music very effectively supports the action, particularly when the story continues in an unexpected direction, though the choice of a Starsailor song over the credits didn't seem to fit.

It's a bit perplexing that "The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De Battre mon coeur s'est arrete)" is getting wider distribution (probably because it's a remake of an American film and has a young hunk at the center), when this is the better European crime thriller of the summer.

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