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Remember (2015)

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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.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writer:

Benjamin August
4 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Zev Guttman
Kim Roberts ... Paula
Amanda Smith Amanda Smith ... Cele
Martin Landau ... Max Rosenbaum
Sean Francis ... Max's Aide
Howard Jerome Howard Jerome ... Rabbi
Henry Czerny ... Charles Guttman
T.J. McGibbon ... Zev's Great Grandaughter
Liza Balkan Liza Balkan ... Rebecca Guttman
Mark Fisher ... New York Taxi Driver
Michael Koras ... Amtrak Train Conductor
Peter DaCunha ... Tyler
Daniel Kash ... Retirement Home Director
Duane Murray ... Tyler's Dad
Patrick Haye ... Cleveland Town Car Driver
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Storyline

"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

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It's never too late for revenge. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sequence of violence and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos secretos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,489, 13 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$637,555, 5 June 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Coincidentally, Bruno Ganz (Rudy Kurlander #1) portrayed Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in Downfall (2004). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zev Gutman: [waking up] Ruth? Ruth?
Zev Gutman: [emerging from his room] Where's my wife?
Paula: Mr. Guttman! You can't be sneaking up on me like that!
Zev Gutman: Where is my wife? Where is Ruth?
Paula: I'm sorry, Mr. Guttman, your wife passed away about a week ago.
Zev Gutman: Ah.
[sitting down]
Zev Gutman: Oh. I'm sorry. Who are you?
Paula: 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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Featured in 2016 Canadian Screen Awards (2016) See more »

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Wotan's Farewell From Die Walküre
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Eve Egoyan
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Solid film from Egoyan
29 May 2016 | by zetesSee all my reviews

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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