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SYNOPSIS: With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a handwritten letter, an elderly man with dementia seeks to right the wrongs of the past. Zev (Christopher Plummer) and his best friend Max (Martin Landau) make a pact to dedicate their remaining days to resolving unfinished business: tracking down and exacting revenge on the Nazi commandant responsible for killing their families during the war. As Zev is losing his memory to Alzheimer's and Max is too frail to leave the nursing home, Zev must embark upon the journey to find their former tormentor before it's too late. The shocking truth that awaits Zev when he finally comes face-to-face with the old Nazi will turn his life upside-down.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Long, slow fuse movie that keeps us guessing till the end, with a memorable performance from Christopher Plummer as Zev, escaping from his retirement home to track down a Nazi with Auschwitz blood on his hands. It's a remote controlled mission operated by Martin Landau as Max, the wheelchair bound Max with a meticulous plan, all written down for Zev ina letter he must refer to in order to side step the problems of dementia.

The screenplay takes a couple of liberties and in retrospect it has a few holes of logic, but not enough to notice without the benefit of hindsight. Besides, it's a hum dinger of a revenge thriller for old men. Some may feel it's all a sleight of hand, but there are compensations.

Atom Egoyan's direction is masterful and the two veteran stars show why they are stars; and they still have IT. As taut as a gripping short story and as calibrated as a ruler, the film takes us through several emotional tangents before delivering a twist that makes all the anticipation worthwhile.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

REMEMBER (M)
(Canada/Germany, 2015)

CAST: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Jrgen Prochnow, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Henry Czerny

PRODUCER: Robert Lantos, Ari Lantos

DIRECTOR: Atom Egoyan

SCRIPT: Benjamin August

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Paul Sarossy

EDITOR: Christopher Donaldson

MUSIC: Mychael Danna

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Matthew Davies

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 12, 2016







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