Remember is a 2015 Canadian-German drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and written by Benjamin August. Starring Christopher Plummer, Bruno Ganz, Jürgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven, Henry Czerny, Dean Norris, and Martin Landau, the film was theatrically released in Canada on October 23, 2015, in Germany on December 31, 2015, and in the United States by A24 on March 11, 2016.
In a New York nursing home, the elderly Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Max Rosenbaum has befriended the dementia patient Zev Guttman, whom he recognized from their days at the camp. Max has continually reminded Zev that their families were murdered at the camp by the Blockführer Otto Wallisch, who immigrated to North America under the false name Rudy Kurlander. Max convinces Zev to avenge their families by seeking out and killing Wallisch. Max directs Zev to a gun shop, where he buys a Glock, and then to four men in the U.S. and Canada named Rudy Kurlander, one of whom is the former blockführer.
Zev confronts the first Rudy Kurlander, a German veteran of World War II, in his home, but this Kurlander shows Zev his scrapbook of photographs to prove that he served in the North African Campaign under Erwin Rommel, and was never near Auschwitz. Zev finds the second Rudy Kurlander in a nursing home in Canada, but he turns out to have been a prisoner in Auschwitz, sent there as a homosexual.
Zev arrives at the house of the third Rudy Kurlander. His son John, a state trooper, tells Zev that his father died three months ago. John assumes Zev was a friend of his father’s and invites him in. John reveals, after several glasses of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, that his father was only a boy and a cook during the war. When John, who is a neo-Nazi, realizes that Zev is Jewish, he becomes enraged and lets loose his German shepherd. Zev shoots the dog and then John dead, collapses in exhaustion on John’s bed and leaves the house in the morning.