Remember: Memory and revenge at the times of dementia
By Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca
Released this week, “Remember” a psychological thriller and the latest film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan is probably one of the greatest movies of this year. Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau deliver solid and convincing performances in their respective roles as Zev Guttman a recently widowed man suffering from dementia and Max Zucker a persuasive wheelchair-ridden man, both residents at a Jewish retirement home.
Zev is told by Max that the man responsible for the murder of their families during the holocaust is still alive and actually living somewhere in North America, his assigned task is then to kill that man. Max tells Zev that he must do this work of justice since that criminal has managed to avoid any prosecution so far and most likely he might have taken another identity, as many former Nazis did after the war to be allowed in the United States and keep undetected.
Taking advantage of the lax surveillance at the retirement home and to the dismay of his son Charles (Henry Czerny) Zev manages to leave, takes a train to Cleveland where he should buy a handgun and look for the alleged Nazi criminal whose name is Rudy Kurlander. Finding the right guy however would be difficult, indeed Zev finds two men that go by that name while another is long dead but none of them is the right Kurlander. In his search Zev has had to cross into Canada too, but only when he is back in the United States he may finally find the right person. At that moment though, the story will have a surprising and unpredictable twist that turns it into a really brilliant film. The story is then finally revealed as one of deception, manipulation, and certainly, of a memory now blurred by dementia, although in a rather amazing and unexpected way.
Length: 95 min.