Movies: The Felon Who Forgets

In a stunning and intricate new crime movie from Belgium, a killer with Alzheimer's finds his soul

The hit man has Alzheimer's. The concept isn't just high, it's stratospheric. If Belgium were Hollywood, The Memory of a Killer would be ubiquitous. Instead you're going to have to search for this extraordinary movie in a theater that is probably nowhere near you. Please do so. It is, without question, the best crime movie of the year--and one of the best movies of any sort now playing.

That's because the film, which took director and co-writer Eric Van Looy eight years to mount, so patiently and intelligently builds out from its gimmicky premise. To be sure, it contains more than...

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