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Amer (2009)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 3 March 2010 (France)
As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.
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Cassandra Forêt ...
Ana enfant
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Ana adolescente (as Charlotte Eugène Guibbaud)
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La mère (as Bianca Maria D'Amato)
Harry Cleven ...
Le taximan
Jean-Michel Vovk ...
Le père
Bernard Marbaix ...
La grand-père mort
Thomas Bonzani ...
Nono, l'adolescent
François Cognard ...
La silhouette
Delphine Brual ...
Graziella
Jean Secq ...
L'épicier
Béatrice Butler ...
L'épicière
Charles Forzani ...
L'agriculteur / L'homme à la voiture rouge
Benjamin Guyot ...
Éboueur
Yves Fostier ...
Ëboueur
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Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming. The wind lifts her dress and caresses her thighs. A razor blade brushes her skin, where will this chaotic and carnivorous journey leave her? Written by Coach14

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The literal meaning of the word Amer is "bitter". See more »

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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Un uomo si è dimesso
Written by Ennio Morricone
Published by C.A.M. Srl
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Fine ingredients, but the cake is badly baked
14 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Leaving viewers in the dark about the true inclination of a piece is commonplace in Art Cinema. I do agree that most mainstream films now are over explained and blatant with whatever plot device is being utilised. However, while i think it's good for the viewer to give a little of themselves to work at understanding a director's vision this was a little much.

The visuals are beautiful. Some of the little touches exquisite (the way the teenage Ana hypnotically chews on a strand of her hair was simultaneously abhorrent and alluring) I'm sure there is an intricate back-story here with allusions to Sigmund Freud etc (from what i've heard there is a portrait of him in the house, however i didn't see it) but i'm not hugely interested in discovering what it is. A little explanation can make all the difference. Some connection with the audience would have helped this piece along.

In the end, the plot made little difference. Its slightness WAS the film for me. I enjoyed the inspired jump-cuts and the obsession with body hair and sexual gratification. I was amused and disturbed. That's fine. But the film used these devices to the point of saturation. Overkill. Egotism.

I may be missing the point here, so be it. This film stands well as a piece of visual art. The vivid blue Mediterranean, the dark haired women, the gorgeous cinematography in general. But it is missing something as a film and thus with narrative. It would have worked FAR better as a short 15 minute piece.I would like to say i'd re-watch this and get to grips with what the director is trying to say, but that would be a lie. Certainly this film is nothing like the Giallo films of Fulci and Argento that i have seen so far in my admittedly limited viewing.


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