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Apparently Amer is 'an enigma and only the spectator has the key'. I'm sorry, but if I wanted a Diy plot I'd have written my own

Who was it who said that story is just a trick to keep you watching? I was reminded of this as I stared at Amer, trying in vain to get a handle on the stream of beautiful and startling imagery. But even beautiful and startling can wear thin after a while. If I were a civilian, as opposed to someone trying to write for a living, I would have run up the white flag long before those 87 minutes were up, having already suffered through too much narrative-free pain (Jean-Luc Godard's Numéro Deux!) in the 1970s, when I vowed never again to venture into plotless territory unless the ordeal was softened by sexual or financial reward.

Amer, co-directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, »

- Anne Billson

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