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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.

Director:

Erik Van Looy

Writers:

Jef Geeraerts (novel), Carl Joos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurien Van den Broeck Laurien Van den Broeck ... Bieke Cuypers
Dirk Roofthooft ... Vader Cuypers
Koen De Bouw ... Eric Vincke
Werner De Smedt Werner De Smedt ... Freddy Verstuyft
Hilde De Baerdemaeker Hilde De Baerdemaeker ... Linda de Leenheer
Geert Van Rampelberg ... Tom Coemans
Jan Decleir ... Angelo Ledda
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Gilles Resnais
Anne-Caroline Suberville Anne-Caroline Suberville ... Dienster
Jan Dyck Jan Dyck ... Taxi Driver
Miek Van Bocxtaele Miek Van Bocxtaele ... Receptionist (as Miek Van Bocxstaele)
Deborah Ostrega Deborah Ostrega ... Anja
Gene Bervoets ... Seynaeve
Els Dottermans Els Dottermans ... Eva Van Camp
Lucas Van den Eynde ... Bob Van Camp
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

official site | Sony Classics

Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch | French | Flemish

Release Date:

26 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Memory of a Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,254, 28 August 2005

Gross USA:

$333,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$712,387
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the first scene in the café, Bieke en Vincke are watching an episode of "Buiten de Zone" (season 2, episode 2: "Kitsch en Kunst"), a highly popular youth series in the 1990s. The actor who plays Bieke's father in the movie, Dirk Roofthooft, appeared several times in this series. See more »

Goofs

When the cops are in the car with Ledda, the cops shoot out the tires. But in a later shot of the rear of the car, the tires are still intact. See more »

Quotes

Angelo Ledda: [about killing Jean de Haeck] I'm sure nobody will miss him. *I* didn't.
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Connections

References Heat (1995) See more »

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Some Of Us
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Courtesy of EMI Music Ltd.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Played during end credits
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Noirish police story as twisted as the killer's mind
19 November 2005 | by btyson-1See all my reviews

This Belgian film was titled "The Memory of A Killer" when it played in Austin in September. Known in Europe as "The Alzheimer Case," it's a police procedural about an aging hit man with early Alzheimer's who agrees to complete what he knows is his last assignment. Movies featuring a character with Alzheimer's are often somber, bittersweet weepers. "The Memory of a Killer" is nothing like that.

It's a taut, fast-paced noir with a protagonist who lives by the same code as that of Alain Delon in Jean Pierre Melville's "Le Samourai" or Jean Gabin in "Touchez Pas Au Grisbi." The hit man Angelo Ledda is portrayed by Belgian actor Jan Decleir. He won his country's top acting award and other European festival honors for his nuanced, empathic performance.

How Ledda knows what's happening to his mind is explained in a way totally credible to anyone who has known someone suffering from this disease. Even as his mind slips away, he retains his morality about certain crimes and that code eventually sends him in directions that surprise and anger his employer. Ledda's crimes and related crimes drive two police investigators - and Ledda - in a race against time. The plot threads become as tangled and mysterious as the tangles in Ledda's diseased mind and unravel in a stunning conclusion.

This film was made by Belgian director Erik Van Looy, whose stylish work won top honors along with Decleir. The film is based on the novel "De Zaak Alzheimer" by popular Belgian detective novelist Jef Geeraerts. Hopefully, it and his other novels will be translated into English. Geeraerts' psychological approach evokes another Belgian writer, the incomparable Georges Simenon. This is the first of Geeraerts' stories to reach the big screen, and Hollywood has bought the rights to a remake. Don't wait; see the original. Decleir's portrayal should not be missed.


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