As World War II hangs in the balance, only the past can save the future.
In 1933 Berlin as the Nazi party threatens to gain control of
Germany, an idealistic American teenager named "Robert" witnesses
the murder of his crippled father as the older man attempts to save
an outspoken French diplomat named "Sennet" from the Nazis.
It's now ten years later, and Robert, a top Allied Special
Operations agent, is forced to confront the nightmares of his past.
The Nazis have captured a man entrusted by the Allies with detailed
knowledge of the imminent D-Day landings... Sennet... now the leader
of the French Underground in Northern France. Held in an ancient
castle converted into a Gestapo stronghold, it's only a matter of
time before the defiant Frenchman breaks under the brutality of the
Gestapo. As the outcome of WWII hangs in the balance, Robert is once
more called upon by Allied High Command to infiltrate the Gestapo
stronghold and "silence" Sennet before he talks... to save the
course of humanity...
Robert is a man who has lost faith in everything, ironically, from
his horrific experiences in the war. Airdropped into an outlying
cemetery in Rouen, Robert falls into a Nazi trap but is saved by a
mysterious young French woman named "Jehane." Though no one in the
Underground recognizes Jehane or believes her story of once being
held as a prisoner inside Rouen Castle, Robert is attracted to her
transcendental faith, beauty, and conviction. Promising him an
unknown way into the castle, Jehane guides Robert through
Nazi-infested Rouen by using underground sewers, abandoned churches,
But as Robert eventually infiltrates the castle's defenses, he
falls victim to a shocking betrayal that leaves him alone to
reevaluate everything he believes in as he risks the outcome of the
war to trust the woman he has fallen in love with... only to realize
that Jehane may never have existed...
Remember the Roses is a story for
all of us... about finding salvation when all seems lost... and
being inspired to believe again.
My name is Dr. Shravan
Kambam. As the driving force behind the development of
Remember the Roses,
I want to share with you "the story behind the story"
of this inspiring project.
About fifteen years ago while traveling in India, I came across
an old book of short stories being read by the school children there.
One particular story titled Remember the
Roses , originally published in Europe in 1967, sent icy
chills through my spine like I had never ever experienced before.
I knew right away that it had to be one of the greatest short stories
ever written - and the perfect setup for a blockbuster film.
Unfortunately the book was decaying and the last page revealing
the original publishers of all of the short stories was unreadable.
Oddly, to my investigation, no mention of either the story title
or the author could be found anywhere. The only certainties were
that the name of the author, "Avery Taylor," was printed
on the first page of the short story and that most of the short
stories in the book seemed to be early 20th century works by British
and Indian authors long since gone.
as the years passed, the story never left me; I was haunted by it...I
spent several months writing letters to British publishers and literary
societies searching for Avery to no avail. Eventually, I learned
that the publishing house of the book had shut down years earlier
and the book I had read was unauthorized. When I had all but given
up hope, I received a response from an author's society in England
stating that they indeed had the record of the author as she was
a member of their society many years earlier. They thankfully had
an old address in England - but one which they would not reveal
to me. Instead my inquiry was forwarded to the old contact address
and from there to a small Australian town.
Fifteen years after reading the original short story in a pirated
book in rural India, after an extensive search involving months
of efforts, I finally located the wonderful British author. Upon
contacting Avery, I learned that after writing the original published
story, she married and emigrated to Australia with her husband's
surname. The journey to bring the story to the silver screen intertwined
with my own journey as a young man struggling to find himself in
the world. As I fought through the grueling medical training years
of my life, I simultaneously led the development of Remember
the Roses. My life drifted between days in hospital wards
and nights in Nazi occupied WWII France, where I shared the desperate
plight and emotions of my characters.
M. Night Shyamalan introduced a unique structure in popular film
which catapulted his Sixth Sense into huge worldwide grosses.
Remember the Roses has evolved this
structure to the next level by weaving into it a booming high concept
idea. Developed to capture maximal viewer demographics, the international marketability and multimedia
value of this concept is tremendous... especially so under the climate
of current world politics.
I sometimes wonder if my journey to find Avery was something more
than just luck, but somehow an inspiration.