Guest of Honour (2019)

Guest of Honour
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Atom Egoyan
Cast: David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, Tennille Read, Gage Munroe, Arsinée Khanjian, Alexandre Bourgeois
Seen on: 18.8.2020

Plot:
Jim (David Thewlis) was an health inspector, diligently working and taking care of his daughter Veronica’s (Laysla De Oliveira) pet rabbit. Veronica was in prison, even though she didn’t do it, and her insistence on remaining in prison threw Jim for a loop. Now he just passed away and Veronica is meeting with Father Greg (Luke Wilson) to discuss funeral arrangements. As she tries to explain her father, their relationship and her own decisions to the Father, she rethinks everything herself.

Guest of Honor has good moments and strong performances, but it is also too convoluted and frankly a little boring.

The film poster showing Jim (David Thewlis) stroking a white rabbit.
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Remember (2015)

Remember
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Benjamin August
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Henry Czerny, T.J. McGibbon, Liza Balkan, Peter DaCunhaBruno Ganz, Dean Norris, Jürgen Prochnow
Seen on: 28.5.2016

Plot:
Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer) only barely survived World War 2 in Auschwitz. The rest of his family did not. Now living in the USA, he is old and dementia is slowly grabbing ahold of him. After his wife dies, he finds that the time is finally right to go on a mission and bring down one of the SS officers in Auschwitz who is still at large. Together with his friend Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau), Zev has narrowed it down to five people the guard could have assumed the identity of. So Zev flees from the senior residence with a bit of money, a detailed letter that explains everything and a gun, hoping to achieve his goal before his dementia will take him over entirely.

Remember takes you on a slow, painful journey and ends with a kick in the gutts. And in this case, all of those things are really good, although afterwards you’ll probably want a stiff drink.

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Chloe (2009)

Chloe
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson
Remake of: Nathalie…
Cast: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot, Nina Dobrev

Plot:
Catherine (Julianne Moore) and David (Liam Neeson) have been married for quite a while and they’ve grown rather distant. And then Catherine starts to suspect that David is having an affair. When by chance she meets the young prostitute Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), she asks her to try to seduce David to test his loyalty. Which can’t really end well.

Chloe is a good thriller with interesting dynamics between its main characters, especially Catherine and Chloe. But the ending did not convince me. I just thought that it went a bit over the top.

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