Some time back this film was a recommend to watch by a friend whose father had passed away. For years the DVD Remember it sat unseen on a shelf until was asked if I’d seen it. It is a dark and solemnly tale of a man in search of those who had murdered his family during World War II in the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland.
Christopher Plummer of The Sound of Music (1965) fame, Jürgen Prochnow of Dune (1984) and Martin Landau of the Mission Impossible television series of the 60’s made this somewhat a film with an all-star billing and in retrospect a very interesting flick with several twists and turns that kept the imagination piqued.
The most intriguing scene in the movie was when “Zev” arrives at the home of one of the Nazi SS officers he was targeting. He then learns that “Rudy Kurlander” had since passed away from his son who invites him into the home and where Zev finds many startling things about the past in Kurlander. Yet, as he found by the son to be Jew things turn violent and in getting the upper-hand Zev was able to continue with his quest to find this elusive Kurlander.
As the tale unfolds Zev finds himself traveling across country and crossing the border into Canada which upon arrival was quite interesting if not somewhat incredulous, especially when as it was not portrayed how he got back into the country. Another were the numerous phone calls between he and “Max” played by Landau had him continuing on this quest, and how their relationship prior and all throughout continued to be as one where the ‘blind was leading the blind.’
The acting in this movie was above par and given the performance of the cast it gave a surreal glimpse of what the experience of deceit, determination, revenge, and aging entails. The nuance of the script and screenplay was one that earned an above average reception in review. And the memory of this film is one to be “remembered,” with no pun intended – given the times we now live.
At any rate the ending should come as an unexpected, yet tragic surprise.