REMEMBER — Review by Susan Granger

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This unusual revenge story is unlike any other Holocaust-inspired movie you’ve ever seen! 90 year-old Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer) has dementia, so he’s confused every morning when he awakens, calling for his wife Ruth. She’s dead, but it takes him awhile to adjust to his memory loss. Read on…

Zev lives in a nursing home not far from New York, where his best friend is wheelchair-bound Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau), who’s hooked up to an oxygen tank.

They’re both Auschwitz survivors, and Max has hatched a plan to wreak revenge on the sadistic guard who was responsible for tormenting and exterminating both of their families.

According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, SS Officer Otto Wallisch escaped from Germany and has been living somewhere in North America under the assumed identity of Rudy Kurlander.

Having identified four elderly men with the name Rudy Kurlander, Max gives Zev a thick envelope filled with cash, train and bus tickets and an all-important letter detailing, step-by-step, his every move in a search to identify the culprit – and kill him.

Although Zev’s distraught son (Henry Czerny) sends out a Missing Persons bulletin, Zev evades an F.B.I. background check when buying a Glock and slips, almost unnoticed, crossing into and out of Canada with an expired U.S. passport on his cross-country trek.

Scripted by newcomer Benjamin August, it’s astutely directed by Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter,” “Where the Truth Lies”) with Jurgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz, and Heinz Lieven as three of the four Rudys. Dean Norris is particularly effective as virulently anti-Semitic John Kurlander, a rural cop, the son of the deceased fourth Rudy, with a savage German Shepherd.

Christopher Plummer’s dignified, persuasive performance propels the Hitchcockian plot – with additional support from Peter DaCunha as a thoughtful youngster who befriends Zev on a Cleveland-bound train and Jane Spidell as the protective daughter of the last Kurlander on Zev’s list.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Remember” is an intriguing 8. It’s an engaging Canadian import that should be on your “must see” list.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.