For better or worse, our lives are forged from the memories we keep. The pleasant ones we reminisce about, while others haunt us interminably – until we resolve the conflict hidden within. The lead character in Atom Egoyan’s gripping new thriller Remember embarks on a remarkable journey to do just that. Academy Award® winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau star in this masterful drama, in which the darkest chapter of 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. It is a story about the power and fragility of memory, and it makes for one very memorable film-going experience.
Remember is the contemporary story of Zev (Christopher Plummer), 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.
In Zev we find a man, who for some reason is compelled to avenge an ancient horror: the murder of his family at the hands of a Nazi war criminal. Mourning his recently deceased wife, Zev is despairing – frail in mind, body and memory. And yet, he is determined to right the wrongs of history. As his life crumbles around him, you can’t help but be deeply moved and inspired by Zev’s indefatigable spirit. On the surface, his sudden eagerness to exact revenge is inexplicable, but one wonders how his brutal circumstances have conspired to inject urgency into the mission. With your entire life slipping away, what triumphant act would bring you closure – and restore personal strength when all of yours is being taken away?
Christopher Plummer delivers a career-defining performance, and Martin Landau is excellent as Zev’s best friend Max. The film received a 10-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
Head to theatres this weekend to witness Plummer’s brilliant turn as Zev in Remember – a smart and captivating tale of revenge with a moral core that will leave you searching, right alongside its main character.
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