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A photographer returns to his parental home because his mother is seriously ill. The confrontation with his past leads to panic in a surreal, stylised psychological drama.

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Alex / Aram
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Sandra
Theo Maassen ...
Wouter
Sacha Bulthuis ...
Mother of Alex and Aram
Cas Enklaar ...
Eugene
Erik van der Horst ...
Young Alex / Aram
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Esther
Bert Luppes ...
The Doctor
Carly Wijs ...
Woman in flashback
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Anniek Pheifer ...
Doctor's assistant
Leo van Huêt ...
Theo
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Alex, a 28 year-old photographer, is no longer able to photograph people, for some mysterious reason. Every time he focuses his camera on someone, the same woman appears in his viewfinder - an image he cannot bear. When his brother Aram, whom he has not seen or spoke to for years, unexpectedly phones him and asks him to come to their parental home because their mother is severely ill and may not have long to live, he panics. The thought of a confrontation with the area where he grew up and the renewed encounter with his family makes him feel nervous. Nevertheless, that evening he leaves for AmnesiA: the estate of his parents, the spot where he spent his youth. Written by Anonymous

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Aram's car has got the same infamous license plate number as the car on the Abbey Road - album of The Beatles. Like Paul McCartney on that cover, Aram is walking barefoot through the film. See more »

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Doesn't overreach
5 February 2005 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

The great virtue of this movie is that it doesn't try to overreach. It doesn't attempt to dazzle the viewer with breathtaking photography, it doesn't try to stun the viewer with incisive dialogue, it makes no effort to sublimate the ham-fisted psychological drama.

Rather than risk likely failure trying to develop a genuinely original view of human psychology it wallows gratefully in stale and literal-minded Freudian psychoanalysis, replete with Oedipean theme.

There's some occasional bittersweet humor, but never too bitter or too sweet.

Wholly uncharacteristic for this movie is the stellar performance by Fedja van Huet as Alex/Aram, but the director uses all means at his disposal to prevent it from upsetting AmnesiA's deeply cherished drabness.


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