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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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Awards:
7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Brilliant Film Examines the Criminal Mind and the Forces of Alzheimer's Disease 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:
Charley Pasteleurs ... Supporting

Cela Yildiz ... Reporter (uncredited)

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 (as Pierre Van Caloen)
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 Hadermann .... additional electrician
Mike Hadermann .... lighting technician (as Mike Haderman)
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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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Official Selection Toronto 2004.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Ledda makes a phone call at a park, in the background is an Opel Corsa C. It has its taillights at the side of the windows. The first car that had this type of light was a Ford Focus in 1999. The Opel is build after 2000.See more »
Quotes:
Freddy Verstuyft:[while practicing his French] Vincke, why do you have to know French to pass the commisioner's exam?
Tom Coemans:To be able to read the menus in the fancy restaurants, Freddy.
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Soundtrack:
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Brilliant Film Examines the Criminal Mind and the Forces of Alzheimer's Disease, 28 February 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

'De Zaak Alzheimer' or 'The Alzheimer Case' or the US titled 'The Memory of a Killer' is a stunningly well written, directed, acted, and photographed film from Belgium. Though termed by director Erik Van Looy as a 'police thriller', this gripping drama is so much more: this is the story of organized crime, of the men and women who fight crime, and of a man afflicted with progressive Alzheimer's Disease which alters his entire view of his life of crime. It is a police thriller with a soul and as such is one of the finest films of this genre this viewer has ever seen.

Angelo Ledda (the enormously gifted Jan Decleir) is a hit man sent to Antwerp to eliminate some important 'clients'. He is hesitant to take on the job as he understands that his mind is being slowly altered by the effects of Alzheimer's disease. But go he must and after his first successful 'kill', he is ordered to kill a young girl, an order he cannot follow, and an order, which with his failing memory and abilities acknowledged, he decides to turn on his employers and rid the world of those big crime magnates. The Flemish police, lead by two superb minds - Vincke (Koen De Bouw) and Verstuyft (Werner De Smedt) - follow the path of corpses that lay in Ledda's wake of destroying the important heads of crime in Antwerp. Ledda becomes strangely connected and committed to the two police, in reality helping them by remote stance do their job, but the movie is a cat and mouse chase between the police and Ledda and one whose ending, though somewhat predictable, manages to tear at the heart of the audience as the unwinding of Ledda's mind by Alzheimer's disease results in a metamorphosis of a killer's mentality to that of a quasi-hero.

Brilliantly photographed by Danny Elsen and accompanied by an electrifying musical score by Stephen Warbeck THE MEMORY OF A KILLER is a taut, tense, unnerving, and fascinating tale told to perfection by Carl Joos' screenplay based on Jef Geeraerts' novel. There isn't a weak link here - every actor is superb and the performance by Jan Decleir is the stuff of which legends are made. Recommended without reservation. In Dutch and French and Flemish with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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