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
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 may never reach the heights of Exotica or The Sweet Hereafter again, but he's definitely made some solid films since then. Here's another one. I don't even remember hearing about it when it came out (late last year in Canada and March in the US), but it's a pretty good little revenge thriller. Think Memento but with a very old Holocaust survivor out looking for long hidden Nazis. Christopher Plummer plays Zev, who is spurred on by fellow Holocaust survivor and roommate Martin Landau to search for and kill a rumored Auschwitz worker. 90 years old, Plummer has lost a lot of his memory, but Landau remembers and guides him. Dean Norris also co-stars as the son of that possible Nazi. It's a small thriller (obviously not super thrilling given the ages of those involved), but it's good with a fine central performance. Definitely worth a look.
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