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Writers:
Hélène Cattet (written by) &
Bruno Forzani (written by)
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Release Date:
3 March 2010 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Cassandra Forêt ... Ana enfant

Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud ... Ana adolescente (as Charlotte Eugène Guibbaud)

Marie Bos ... Ana adulte

Biancamaria D'Amato ... 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
Francesco Italiano ... L'embaumeur
Henriette Raimondé ... La vieille dame derrière le rideau
Christophe da Silva ... Motard
André Francol ... Motard
Nicolas Léandri ... Motard
Damien Gossa ... Motard
Arnaud Mariani ... Motard
Laurent Lafont ... Motard
Frédéric Miniutti ... Motard
Gordon Butler ... Motard
Elia Zanzo ... Motard
Cyril Dellerba ... Motard
Jérôme Konté Deloste ... Motard
Stéphane Peragnoli ... Motard
William Boutaleb ... Motard
Maxime Lefort ... Motard
Reda Oualla ... Motard
Florian Grolier ... Motard
Jérôme Herrera ... Motard
Mathieu Ambid ... Motard
Juan Cristobal Fontes Salinas ... Motard / Passager dans le train (as Juan Fontes Salinas)
Daniel Bruylandt ... Motard / Passager dans le train
Sylvain Giraud ... Passager dans le train
Stéphane Collige ... Passager dans le train
Georgy Volkaerts ... Passager dans le train
Guillaume Renoir ... Passager dans le train
Colin Lévêque ... Passager dans le train
Joël Godfroid ... Passager dans le train

Directed by
Hélène Cattet 
Bruno Forzani 
 
Writing credits
Hélène Cattet (written by) &
Bruno Forzani (written by)

Produced by
François Cognard .... producer
Eve Commenge .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Dacosse  (as Manu Dacosse)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard Beets 
 
Production Design by
Alina Santos 
 
Costume Design by
Jackye Fauconnier 
 
Makeup Department
Lionel Le .... special makeup effects artist (as Lionel Lê)
Charlotte Siderius .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joël Godfroid .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gilles Vranckx .... poster artist
 
Sound Department
Daniel Bruylandt .... sound editor (as Dan Bruylandt)
Philippe Charbonnel .... foley re-recording mixer
Iannis Héaulme .... sound
Luc Thomas .... re-recording mixer
Olivier Thys .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Lionel Le .... special effects (as Lionel Lê)
 
Visual Effects by
Daniel Bruylandt .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denis Antheunissens .... electrician
Elvis Fontaine-Garant .... second assistant camera
Juan Cristobal Fontes Salinas .... gaffer (as Juan Fontes Salinas)
Roberto Gomez .... electrician
Colin Lévêque .... assistant camera
Guillaume Renoir .... steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Paolo Finotto .... film recording producer
Olivier Ogneux .... colorist
 
Other crew
Jan De Coninck .... film printing
Bruno Pons .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Jan Kounen .... thanks
Roland Lethem .... thanks
Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt .... thanks
 

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90 min | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Belgian directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani required more funding to make the film than they could raise in Belgium. French producer François Cognard agreed to co-produce, even though they only had a third of their projected budget raised. However, he was happy to give the duo the go-ahead based on their experience of making short films for very little money.See more »
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References Suspiria (1977)See more »
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La polizia sta a guardareSee more »

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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Images and sound, 9 March 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Cattet and Forani are a Belgian couple who have made five short films together. This is their first feature. Divided into three parts, it focuses on childhood, adolescence, and womanhood in the life of Ana. Each moment is seen symbolically, very sensually, but without much discernible narrative, in a marvelous display of stylized visuals (in intensely colored and multiple-filtered 35 mm. images). There is a powerful, hit-you-over-the-head soundtrack. The material is fragmented, beginning with the images of eyes, presented in long horizontal rectangles. A girl is browbeaten by parents, or a couple anyway, whom she witnesses through a keyhole, shut in, and comes upon having sex. Later she also contemplates the hardening corpse of her dead grandfather. White grains under a bed. An ant. A spider. Loud booming sounds, which unfortunately in the Museum of Modern Art screening room blended with the underground sound of a rumbling subway line.

Later, the girl grows up and the film, which begins with dark interiors in an old house, switches to a sunny, Mediterranean, outdoor world. We are near Menton (credits indicate later), on the margin between the French and Italian Rivieras, along the Cote d'Azûr or the Amalfi Drive. A gang of motorcyclists with leather and metal and tight jeans stand by the road with their cycles. But we see only bits and pieces of them.

And this goes on and on, never ceasing to be beautiful, lushly noisy, sensual, fragmented, narrative-free. Amer, which means "bitter" in French, may be ideal for those who like to revel in "pure cinema."

There is one trouble though, and that this film tends to turn neurosis -- or desire, whatever it's about, which isn't altogether clear to me -- into a fashion shoot. It's said to mimic the style of Italian "giallo," pulp fiction, or the Daria Argento kind of stuff, and Italian movie music is among the many sonic allusions. Initially the feel is very much like something Spanish, or the Guillermo del Toro of Pan's Labyrinth. But as time goes on the impression of a fashion shoot undercuts the evocation of dream and fantasy through visual means. What might have been edgy, subtle, and memorable turns to chic kitsch. Or slick horror, when someone plays around with a straight razor in a threatening and suggestive manner as in Dali-Buñuel's Andalusion Dog.

While I and others with me found Amer hard going, despite its accomplished visuals, a British online reviewer called Alan Jones (reporting on the London Film4 Frightfest) was entranced, delighted with the evocation of Italian "gialli." He concludes, speaking of the late segment he explains is a walk along the highway to the hairdresser: "Charlotte Eugene-Guibbaud couldn't be more tantalizing as the hair-chewing Lolita either with her mini-dress hem flapping against her knickers at crotch-level. Maria Bos is pure Florinda Bolkan in the eyes-reflected-in-knife-blade finale, the portion where debts to A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN are felt the most. Shimmering with a lush vibrancy and utilizing recycled Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani and Adriano Celentano music within its superb sound design, AMER carries an erotic and exotic charge I never thought could be replicated again outside such essential gialli as STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER or the classic Dario Argento Animal Trilogy. AMER is a faultless masterpiece, so just relax and breathe in the heady perfume of Cattet and Forzani's dazzling lady in black."

This glowing report shows the potential Amer has as a festival film that may, since Magnolia has bought it, get theatrical attention. However, in my view Cattet and Forani have not essentially moved up from their five short films to a feature, because this is merely short-film material spread out over ninety minutes, divided into three, and diced up into many edited visual fragments. A series of stylish pastiches does not a feature make. The conception is too slight and too fragmented to work as a real feature film. Nice eye candy though, and as Jones says, the sound design also is definitely "lush."

Shown as part of the New Directors/New Films series co-sponsored this year by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and sown in New York at both the Walter Reade Theater and MoMA's Titus Theater in April 2010. Amer has been shown at many festivals between September 2009 and spring 2010.

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