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Souviens-toi

DVD - 2016
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"With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family"--from www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Entertainment One Films Canada,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda
Alternative Title: Souviens-toi [DVD]

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boattop
Apr 20, 2018

Sit down, put the kids to bed and turn off the phone...no booze either. This is a quiet, thinking movie...beautifully acted . An absolute gem from Atom. The writing and 2 perfect actors for the principal players. Enjoy.

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talktimereader
Apr 19, 2018

Absolutely astonishing movie by Atom Egoyan; and beautiful acting by the wonderful Christopher Plummer and late beloved actor Martin Landau. Dementias of many varieties plague us now, but this is a most compelling and riveting story about those who lived through WWII. Gripping and breathtaking; bringing alive even more of the horror and sadness of Nazi Germany and one of its horror camps, Auschwitz. The end moral twist cannot be anticipated.

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gnomenut
Apr 11, 2018

Holy cow. This film turned out to be something different than I was expecting, and it had me glued to the screen. It's a moody psychological thriller (NOT an action thriller), that moves slowly but steadily, to a conclusion which is anything but inevitable. Atom Egoyan's best film to date, I think. The story centers on two issues, dementia and the holocaust, in a way that, I'm certain, neither has been dealt with before. It is a completely original story which, for thinkers, offers a powerful perspective on the nature of memory. May also be Christopher Plummer's best performance. And, Martin Landau is perfect in one of his last performances. If psycho-thrillers are your thing, this is one to watch.

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kls13
Feb 22, 2018

A quality movie, overall. Well written script with interesting characters, an understated tenseness throughout, and an unexpected twist. A great performance by Christopher Plummer.

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Nooksack20
Feb 12, 2018

A pretty good movie which keeps you guessing till the end. Well acted.

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reginator_22
Jan 28, 2018

Interesting movie.

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Byond
Dec 28, 2017

I wasn't too thrilled sitting through this, but I think it stands up very well on reflection. I compare it to biblical material in that there are plenty of inconsistencies and improbabilities, and also a sense of truth and wonder. If one confines one's considerations only to the implications of 'remember', meaning might reveal itself in all its wonder.

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Ky68RasK
Aug 18, 2017

Great movie. A man suffering from Dementia goes on trip to find a Nazi criminal and also finds himself.

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mamabadger56
Jun 08, 2017

Wonderful acting, some surprising plot twists, and in spite of the improbability of some of the events, a great story. One of Atom Egoyan's better films.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 13, 2017

Average outing from Atom Egoyan- not his worst but not his best either. Worth watching for Christopher Plummer- it's a masterclass in acting.

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reginator_22
Jan 28, 2018

Tyler: My name's Tyler

[extends hand]

Zev Gutman: [shakes hand] Nice to meet you, Tyler. My name is Zev.

Tyler: That's a strange name.

Zev Gutman: In Hebrew, it means wolf.

Tyler: Cool.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2016

There were clue crumbs throughout the film and these quotes did not help me to see the whole picture until the last scenes:

--You're lying.
-No. It's the first time I haven't lied in 70 years.
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-He couldn't have known what he was doing.
--He knew exactly what he was doing.
-What? What are you talking about, Max?
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Six months ago, God smiled upon me when you moved to the senior housing community. I immediately recognized you from Auschwitz, although you did not remember me. We are the last living survivors from our prison block. Besides me, you are the only person who could still recognize the face of the man who murdered our families.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2016

-Nice to meet you, Tyler. My name's Zev.
--That's a strange name.
-In Hebrew, it means "Wolf."
--Cool!
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MAX: I have planned everything for you. You must follow these steps precisely. Cross them off as you
accomplish each task.
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--Were you at Auschwitz?
-No! We are too old for lies. I didn't know about Auschwitz until after the war. I was in North Africa. With General Rommel.
--You have proof?
-Yes. Over there. When I became a US citizen, the immigration officer asked me if I had ever associated with the Nazi government of Germany or worked at a concentration camp. I told the officer what I'll tell you. Yes, I served for my country. I was a soldier. I was a proud German and that's what the men did. I'm still proud of my service.

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. Atom Egoyan film. 71%/78%

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