With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp to kill him himself.
"Remember" is the contemporary story of Zev, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences.Written by
72nd Venice International Film Festival
John Kurlander's phrase "it's already 7 years" where most Americans would say "it was 7 years ago" is a subtle indication that he was raised by a native German speaker, since that's a literal translation of the German expression. See more »
Rudy Kurlander #1 is played by Bruno Ganz, whose native language is Swiss German, not German. Swiss German shares a lot of vocabulary and quite a lot of grammar with Standard German; the speech patterns and "melodies" of the two languages are, however, completely different. While German is often called a language without rhythm and melody, in Swiss German, virtually every word is stressed on the first syllable. This results in a very distinctive, rhythmic up-and-down melody - exactly the one which predominates in Ganz's English (his German lines, however, are flawless; presumably, he could fall back on the language training he had to complete for his portrayal of Hitler in "Der Untergang"). See more »
[emerging from his room]
Where's my wife?
Mr. Guttman! You can't be sneaking up on me like that!
Where is my wife? Where is Ruth?
I'm sorry, Mr. Guttman, your wife passed away about a week ago.
Oh. I'm sorry. Who are you?
My name's Paula. I was Mrs. Guttman's nursing aide. Your family asked me to stay on for another week or two. Let's get some breakfast. You'll be feeling better after breakfast.
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Atom Egoyan in fine form directing a fascinating story of revenge and identity loss. Christopher Plummer plays the main character with the sense of consistent and strong characterization that he has done so well for over forty years. This is definitely one of his more convincing roles, and since the focus is on his character the entire time, he truly had to carry this picture along. He does so with complete conviction and confidence.
What makes the story so interesting and keeps it moving are the separate stops on the journey of the main character. In each place he visits there are additional members of the supporting cast introduced, each of whom add a uniqueness and individuality to the scenes that play out. Dean Norris certainly plays an intensely well suited and memorable role. Egoyan keeps up his trademark use of strange and unusual locations, and any fan of the director will not be disappointed.
There is a great twist in this story, one of the better ones I've seen in a while. Some good advice would be to not read any of the spoilers, although the description of how the plot changes would take up several paragraphs. You're better off watching the movie and enjoying Mychael Danna's brilliant soundtrack as an added bonus.
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