Memory of a Killer

When I first saw the trailer for The Memory of a Killer, I thought to myself, wow, that looks like an interesting mix of The Professional (one of my all-time fave films, starring Jean Reno and a young Natalie Portman ) and Memento. The basic plot: a hit-man finds out that his target is a 12-year-old girl, refuses to take the job, and turns on his employer - all the while fighting the encroaching Alzheimer's disease that threatens to make him forget what he's doing - sounded intriguing enough to put it on my "must see" list.

The film, based on a detective novel by Flemish writer Jef Geeraerts, tells the story of two cops, Detective Eric Vincke (veteran actor Koen De Bouw) and Detective Freddy Verstuyft (Werner De Smedt), and an aging hit man, Angelo Ledda, played to classy perfection by Jan Decleir, who has previously starred in two films that won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Picture, Karakteri (Character) and Antonia's Line. With a cast this seasoned, it would be hard for director Erik Van Looy to go astray, and he wisely directs his talented actors with a light hand, giving them plenty of room to be manuveur in their roles.

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